That's Isaiah's latest The World Today Just Nuts "The 2,000 Mark" and yesterday I posted "Kat's Korner: Heart Walkin' Good,"
My review of Heart's new album led to an e-mail from Cowan who wanted to know if I was being straight about the new Heart album -- Fanatic is released tomorrow.
Yes, I was being straight.
As a general rule, I'd rather not slam an album.
An artist has to be really pompous to get me to write a bad review. And even after I've written it, I will pull it before it goes up. I slaughtered Madonna's 2008 album. It was awful. Hard Candy. I said it was about as up to date and of the moment as something you'd find at the bottom of your grandma's purse.
And you never read that.
How come? I was getting ready to post it and Ava said, in passing, "You know Madonna's supporting Hillary, right?" I didn't. That was my excuse not to post it. Those of us supporting Hillary were getting savaged constantly. That's part of the reason we will never go to Barack. We remember all the nasty sexism. But I used that as my excuse not to post the review.
And you know how lazy I am. That was a completed review. It only needed typing. I trashed it.
If someone's pompous, I will take them out. But for the most part, I avoid reviews that are anti just because if I don't like something the last thing I want to do is write about it.
With Heart, I had reviewed a masterpiece, Red Velvet Ride. And I thought that was the last Heart review I would ever do. I didn't expect them to do better than that album and I honestly didn't expect them to match it even. It was just such a career high for them. And then comes Fanatic which really is classic Heart with additional wisdom and skill. Fanatic is an amazing album, one of the best for any group.
I'm not joking about it being the number one album of the year currently. If I was writing my year-in-review piece right now, Heart would top it.
I love the Wilson sisters so, to be honest, if their album had sucked, I would've just ignored it.
I wouldn't have done a review.
And I felt I said everything with Red Velvet Ride. So this album, Fanatic, is so great that it forced lazy me to write a review I hadn't planned on writing. It forced me to get off my lazy ass and write. It's that great. If you have been a Heart fan, you are going to be so in love with this album.
You hear 'labor of love" and then you listen and you think, "Why was it called that?" But Heart's new album really feels like a labor of love. There's so much love on the album in fact, primarily a love of kick-ass rock and I don't think Alice In Chains could rock this hard right now. I don't know anyone that could. Rock on, Heart.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"