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article imageReview: Heart delights on new 'Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Nov 8, 2014 in Music
Rock band Heart is back with their newest album "Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays," where they cover many holiday favorites.
It opens with a haunting cover of the Joni Mitchell classic "The River," where Ann Wilson showcases her tremendous vocal range and it is followed by another poignant acoustic ballad, "Seasons," as well as the pleasant and piano-driven "Rocking" and "Love Come Down at Christmas," both of which feature Shawn Colvin's ethereal vocals.
A poem entitled "On This Good Christmas Day" is a neat change of pace in their track-listing and Richard Marx joins Ann and Nancy on "All Through The Night." Sammy Hagar lends his velvet vocals on "All We Need Is an Island" and on the rocking "Santa's Going South."
"Please Come Home for Christmas" is nostalgic and the inclusion of Pat Monahan from the rock band Train is superb, since he elevates this beautiful duet to a higher level. "Remember Christmas" is a tender, piano-driven ballad and "Barracuda" is classic Heart, where Ann's vocals are as powerful as ever. Nancy and Ann deliver soaring harmonies on "Even It Up" and they pay homage to Led Zeppelin on "Stairway to Heaven," a lengthy vocal masterpiece.
"Ring Them Bells" is their grand finale, which is a collaboration between Heart and all of their musical guests on this project.
Heart fans can check out their newest release on Amazon by clicking here and on iTunes.
The Verdict
Overall, Heart's newest holiday album is fantastic. They prove that they can sing anything and make it sound good (even the phone book). This album is a must for any fans of rock, holiday music, or Heart. They will not be disappointed. It garners an A rating.
For more information on Heart and their Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays project, check out their official website.
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