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Album Review

Stevie Nicks was following both her debut solo album, Bella Donna (1981), which had topped the charts, sold over a million copies (now over four million), and spawned four Top 40 hits, and Fleetwood Mac's Mirage (1982), which had topped the charts, sold over a million copies (now over two million), and spawned three Top 40 hits (including her "Gypsy"), when she released her second solo album, The Wild Heart. She was the most successful American female pop singer of the time. Not surprisingly, she played it safe: The Wild Heart contained nothing that would disturb fans of her previous work and much that echoed it. As on Bella Donna, producer Jimmy Iovine took a simpler, more conventional pop/rock approach to the arrangements than Fleetwood Mac's inventive Lindsey Buckingham did on Nicks's songs, which meant the music was more straightforward than her typically elliptical lyrics. Iovine did get a Mac-like sound on "Nightbird," in which Nicks repeated her invocation to "the white winged dove" from Bella Donna's "Edge of Seventeen," and on "Sable on Blond," a "Gypsy" soundalike. His most daring effort was the album's leadoff single, "Stand Back," which boasted a disco tempo. Elsewhere, the songs were largely interchangeable with those on Bella Donna, even down to the obligatory duet with Tom Petty. Nicks seemed to know what she was up to — one song was called "Nothing Ever Changes." As a result, The Wild Heart sold to the faithful — it made the Top Ten, sold over a million copies, and spawned three Top 40 hits ("Stand Back," "Nightbird," and "If Anyone Falls"). And that was appropriate: if you if you loved Bella Donna, you would like The Wild Heart very much. [The Wild Heart was re-released on CD in 2016.]

Customer Reviews

Stand back

Well good album but stand back is so quiet don't even sound like it's been remastered?

Another great remastering

I'll never forget the first time I heard Stand Back - the synth bass line really goes through you and has been echoed many times since, for instance with Bad Romance. This track was a departure and worked spectacularly well, still a much- requested track in concert.
Again as with the Bella Donna re-issue, this is a great job, sharp sound and some fascinating extra tracks which show the creative process of some of the final album versions, and those which didn't make it ( but which these days with longer playing times would almost certainly have made the cut).

Biography

Born: 26 May 1948 in Phoenix, AZ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Famed for her mystical chanteuse image, singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks enjoyed phenomenal success not only as a solo artist but also as a key member of Fleetwood Mac. Stephanie Lynn Nicks was born May 26, 1948, in Phoenix, Arizona; the granddaughter of a frustrated country singer, she began performing at the age of four, and occasionally sang at the tavern owned by her parents. Nicks started writing songs in her midteens, and joined her first group, the Changing Times, while attending high school...
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The Wild Heart (Deluxe Edition), Stevie Nicks
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  • £10.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Soft Rock
  • Released: 10 June 1983

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