H.E.A.T. - Freedom Rock

01 - Beg Beg Beg
02 - Black Night
03 - Danger Road
04 - Shelter
05 - We’re Gonna Make It To The End
06 - Stay
07 - Nobody Loves You (Like I Do)
08 - Everybody Wants To Be Someone
09 - I Know What It Takes
10 - Living In A Memory (Bonus Track)
11 - Cast Away
12 - I can’t look the Other Way
13 - Who Will Stop The Rain
14 - Tonight (Bonus Track)

I don’t really know where to start with this album review. Sadly, I don’t think the band really knew where to start with the album either. To me it sounds all a little confused and not sure what it wants to be.

I know, that sounds a bit mean but when I first popped the CD into my stereo I thought, OK, 80’s metal… almost. This could be good. By track 3 I was starting to think that maybe it was rock rather than an attempt at metal. Sadly by track 6 I was fairly convinced I was listening to a soundtrack from 80’s American teen TV. Think “Saved by the Bell” or perhaps “Beverly Hills Cop”.

H.E.A.T. are a six-piece band from Sweden formed in 2007. Their web page describes them as having one foot in the past and the other in the future. I can see the “past” part. I’m having a little trouble seeing the “future” part.

A few too many ballads for my taste but then that is just my personal taste. I was driving along listening to this when comparisons like Go West, Bryan Adams and Huey Lewis & The News started popping into my head, which frankly just annoyed me. I didn’t think much of those guys the first time around and I wasn’t too thrilled at having them dragged from the recesses of my memory.

Somewhere along the line I remember thinking that if Stock, Aitken & Waterman had written rock instead of pop, this is quite possibly what it would have sounded like.

However, having had a good grumble about what I didn’t like, I do also have to say that its entirely possible that said grumbling stems from my general dislike of ballads and easy-listening type rock. There are actually some very redeeming qualities to this album.

Vocalist, Erik Gronwall has a very good voice that’s nice to listen to and he can hold a tune without having to do the bizarre wobble effect that some more well known rock and metal frontmen seem to find necessary. That in itself was refreshing and a big plus for me.

To sum it up, musically it sounds very well executed and vocally superb with some good harmonies but sadly something was just missing for me. I came to the conclusion that it’s 80’s rock that probably would have done well 25 years ago but it just doesn’t cut it for me in 2010.

by Toni Glitz

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