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Album Review

The lady can rock. There is no question about that, and this album is one of several from her catalog that serve as a testament to that fact. Even the opening single, "If I Could Turn Back Time," has a crunchy texture to it, albeit in a poppy, '80s Starship sort of arrangement. Cher recruited some heavy-hitters for this release, including Steve Lukather (Toto), Desmond Child, and Andrew Gold. Not all of the album is hard-edged rockers — witness the effective ballad "Just Like Jesse James" — but all of it has an honesty and gritty edge that separates it from some of the more modern Cher material. When you hear the strength of the vocal performance here, it makes you wonder why the producers choose to tinker with her voice in the late '90s and early 2000s. She certainly doesn't need any help holding a tune. This one seems a bit dated in retrospect, with the sound certainly tied to pop/rock of the late '80s, but the performance and musical integrity, not to mention strong songwriting, really set the album apart as one of Cher's strongest.

Customer Reviews

Classic Cher For a Child of the 80's

First, I'm biased - I'm a huge fan - so of course I love this album. Next, I was born in '82, so for me, THIS, is classic Cher. My mom and her friends would laugh when I was a kid because I had no idea that Cher had been producing album after album before her successful record, "Cher" (1987), and its follow up, "Heart of Stone" (1989). Cher is and always will be a Rock Goddess - "Heart of Stone" is proof of that. Though dated now, this album slams its listener with amazing rock beats, tons of energy, and lots of guitar (see songs, You Wouldn't Know Love, or Emotional Fire) and still manages to have some top notch ballads (Love on a Rooftop and All Because of You). Cher's voice is crisp, bold, strong, but also sensitive when the song calls for it (see: Heart of Stone, or Kiss to Kiss). "Heart of Stone" stands as one of Cher's best albums because of its balance between powerful rock songs and well written love ballads.

Comes in 2nd

I think Cher's best album of the 80's is "Cher" but the 1989 album "Heart of Stone" comes in 2nd. While not as classic or campy as her self-titled album there are many stand out songs that could have been radio hits. Of course "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "After All" are on here...some of Cher's most popular and well-known hits. I like Cher singing pop-rock ballads or techno so for those who liked her in the 80's or 90's this album is for you. I didn't listen to this album until a few years ago but it made me a fan of her. The only song I remember from this album in the 80's was "If I Could Turn Back Time." The rest of the songs I didn't recognize. This is still a great album from beginning to finish. Cher fans will fall in love with this album just like I have. Like many Cher albums this one is addicting.

Still good after all this time.

These songs just don't get old (unlike those of us who listened to them when they first came out). I still love hearing them as much as I did the first time around. Now if only the videos were available to download as well....

Biography

Born: May 20, 1946 in El Centro, CA

Genre: Pop

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

Cher has had three careers that place her indelibly in the public consciousness, and two have been in association with her then-husband, composer/producer/singer Salvatore "Sonny" Bono (b. February 16, 1935, d. January 8, 1998). She charted major hit records in the 1960s and 1970s, working in idioms ranging from early-'60s girl group-style ballads to Jackie Deshannon folk-influenced pop, to adult contemporary pop in the manner of later Dusty Springfield. She also embarked on an acting career, initially...
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