Review: H.E.A.T.

H.E.A.T. is by definition and ’80s throw back album. You just need to listen to the first three tracks to hear why. The opening song There For You is the typical big chorus ’80s style rock song, Never Let Go has an opening guitar lick very similar to Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer and the third song on the record sounds a lot like Poison their prime. Late Night Lady whilst a catchy song, features a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” behing their big corny chorus. If it’s not Poison it is definitely Warrant.

Look, I am not saying this is all a bad thing because it isn’t. In a world where music either has to be some overly sexed up hip hop filth or pure doom and gloom cookie monster metal, music like H.E.A.T. is a serious breath of fresh air. The positive vibes that come out of this record makes you feel good, makes you want to get up and move with a lot of motivation. It’s a particularly strong quality that you’ll find in the glorious Rocky IV soundtrack that is sorely missing in modern music and something in this record that would make me recommend it to people without hesitation.

Of course, with this kind of music comes some hilariously corny lyrics and there is a lot of that in abundance. Lots of songs about break ups, sex, love and all that other nonsense expected of a rock band. It is easily the records biggest downfall, excluding the production. Talking of the production, H.E.A.T. is a heavily brick walled album which means that it does not have a clean audible sound. With music this crankable, it would be nice to be able to do so without hearing a lot of distortion, pops and clicks. Sadly this is not the case here and it really lets the album down.

In my opinion, H.E.A.T. is a really good album with a lot of quality musical moments. But the production and clichéd song writing lets it down considerably. If you love your ’80s rock and heavy metal, it is without a doubt an album (and band) that you should look out for. Just remember to pick up the later albums whilst you’re at it.

Rating : 7 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Intro
  2. There For You
  3. Never Let Go
  4. Late Night Lady
  5. Keep On Dreaming
  6. Follow Me
  7. Straight To Your Heart
  8. Cry
  9. Feel It Again
  10. Straight Up
  11. Bring the Stars
  12. You're Lying
  13. Feel the Heat