Heartland - 2011 - Heartland (Reïssue)
1. Teach You To Dream
2. Carrie Ann
3. Don’t Cast Your Shadow
4. Real World
5. Fight Fire With Fire
6. That Thing
7. Walking On Ice
8. Paper Heart
Chris Ousey (ex Virginia Wolf) and company crashed on the scene with this amazing Melodic Rock and AOR self titled debut from Heartland.Released in 1991 on A&M Records,
Heartland’s self-titled debut album is regarded as one of the finest releases in British Melodic Rock history.
For many long time fans of melodic rock you will no doubt hold this album as one of the best that has ever come out of the Melodic Rock circles and it has really stood the test of time.
Is hard to believe the band ,now with a new line up, are still around and still lead by Ousey they have released 10 albums .
To this day his vocals still sound amazing, but on this album you hear that early 90′s melodic rock that you correlate with such bands as Bad English, FM, Strangeways, etc.
The record is a true staple of the genre , if melody is your thing you will find a bunch of great tunes like the infectious bridge chorus of “Carrie Anne”, alongside another awesome track with the powerhouse vocals of Ousey on the high riser “Don’t Cast Your Shadow”. Another great slower ballad tune comes crawling towards you with the amazing chorus in “Fight Fire with Fire”, which displays in exemplary fashion the capabilities of these bands in their prime.
What a terrific record from top to bottom, from every bass line to each inducing melody that gripes the core of the musical structure into heavenly groove.
Chris Ousey is a great vocalist I don’t have enough great things to say about the man, from past to future he still demand respect in every sense of the word. The remastered production is crystal clear, I can hear those keys man and who they bring a tingle of AOR to my senses, old school too.
What a great period that was for the British Melodic Rock scene in general, so many bands are now reappearing and resurrecting their career. Luckily for Heartland they are still around and still plan on trucking and Ousey has a new solo album coming out in November as well, so even more exciting news.
This debut is a great collectors item that any fan of the genre should not live without.
Chris Ousey (Vocals)
Gary Sharpe (Guitars)
Phil Brown (Bass)
Steve Gibson (Drums)
Rik Carter (Keyboards)
Last Updated (Monday, 31 October 2011 00:16)