10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson had become rock royalty by the time Little Queen appeared in 1977. After experiencing some initial highs (a huge-selling debut) and lows (a nasty contractual fight with their first record label), they set out to break the sophomore jinx afflicting second albums, and break it they did by playing to their commercial strengths while remaining faithful to their muse. “Barracuda” (known for its galloping lead guitar riff) and “Kick It Out” (a hard-charging party anthem) satisfied those expecting another “Crazy On You.” But the band also indulged its quieter side, giving Nancy Wilson room to display her abilities as a fluent acoustic guitarist and (on “Treat Me Well”) a folk-tinged vocalist. Moving beyond rock, Heart underpinned the title track with a strutting funk groove and gave “Say Hello” a Caribbean lilt. The hunger for love and the price of fame are reoccurring lyric themes here, and “Love Alive” in particular blends the two topics effectively. Ann Wilson shows maturity as lead vocalist, going full-throttle on the upbeat rockers but singing with nuance and restraint on the introspective tunes. Heart crossed a big hurdle with Little Queen, integrity intact.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson had become rock royalty by the time Little Queen appeared in 1977. After experiencing some initial highs (a huge-selling debut) and lows (a nasty contractual fight with their first record label), they set out to break the sophomore jinx afflicting second albums, and break it they did by playing to their commercial strengths while remaining faithful to their muse. “Barracuda” (known for its galloping lead guitar riff) and “Kick It Out” (a hard-charging party anthem) satisfied those expecting another “Crazy On You.” But the band also indulged its quieter side, giving Nancy Wilson room to display her abilities as a fluent acoustic guitarist and (on “Treat Me Well”) a folk-tinged vocalist. Moving beyond rock, Heart underpinned the title track with a strutting funk groove and gave “Say Hello” a Caribbean lilt. The hunger for love and the price of fame are reoccurring lyric themes here, and “Love Alive” in particular blends the two topics effectively. Ann Wilson shows maturity as lead vocalist, going full-throttle on the upbeat rockers but singing with nuance and restraint on the introspective tunes. Heart crossed a big hurdle with Little Queen, integrity intact.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
goodgodalmightly ,

Why no mention of Roger Fisher? Guitar genius

You know Heart was not a Duo. Roger wrote and played the amazing guitar on Barracuda. This was one the best LPs Heart ever did and it would not have been so without Roger Fishers guitar. It is really disappointing to see all his contributions go unrecognized and see all of the credit go to the girls. Check the song credits on the LP’s Roger co-wrote most of the big hits on the first 3 Heart albums, but today he receives none of the credit, how sad. He should at least get his props here.

pullmyfinger ,

I am a boy

to some people a boy listening to heart may sound wierd, but i really like them, and i give em props for stickin with all the other insane classic rockers

enigmatk1 ,

Heart at it's best

Can't really decide between Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, and Dog and Butterfly as my favorite Heart record. Barracuda is one of the greatest rock songs ever imo. The Wilson sisters are supremely talented, but I also agree with a previous reviewer that Roger Fisher was a key component in the band, and doesn't get the credit he deserves. Michael Derosier was a powerhouse on drums too. I love his playing on Barracuda. I appreciate Ann and Nancy's talents as much as anyone, but the band was never the same once Roger and Michael were gone. I had this record on vinyl and used to listen to it from the first song through to the last. Can't recommend it enough. Great music.

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