Fanatic (album)

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Fanatic
Studio album by Heart
Released October 2, 2012
Recorded Sunset Sound Recorders and The Village, Los Angeles,
various hotel rooms and buses on the American West Coast,
Lochinkop Studios and Plunper Sound, British Columbia (additional recordings)
May 2011-March 2012
Genre Hard rock, folk rock
Length 39:41
Label Legacy
Producer Ben Mink
Heart chronology
Strange Euphoria
(2012)
Fanatic
(2012)
Fanatic Live from Caesar's Colosseum
(2014)
Singles from Fanatic
  1. "Fanatic"
    Released: 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (74/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (B-)[4]
Revolver 3.5/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[6]

Fanatic is the fifteenth studio album by the American rock band Heart, released October 2, 2012 through Legacy Recordings. The album was recorded in hotel rooms and studios up and down the West Coast, with Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink, who had previously produced Red Velvet Car (2010), back at the helm.

Ann and Nancy Wilson drew from their own lives and personal experiences as inspiration for their music. "Dear Old America" comes from memories of a military household and is written from the point of view of their father, a Marine Corps officer, returning from war. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" hearkens back to the city where Dreamboat Annie was written and "Walkin' Good" (a duet with Vancouver resident Sarah McLachlan) captures the joy of finding new life in a new love.

Fanatic peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard album chart becoming Heart's 12th Top 25 album.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson and Ben Mink

No. Title Length
1. "Fanatic"   3:44
2. "Dear Old America"   4:01
3. "Walkin' Good"   3:46
4. "Skin and Bones"   3:42
5. "A Million Miles"   5:05
6. "Pennsylvania"   3:10
7. "Mashallah"   4:07
8. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)"   4:20
9. "59 Crunch"   3:21
10. "Corduroy Road"   4:25
Best Buy Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Beautiful Broken"   2:40
12. "Two Silver Rings"   2:57
13. "Zingara"   3:56

The Japanese edition features 2 bonus live tracks, but none of the three Best Buy Limited Edition bonus tracks.

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Ann Wilson - lead and backing vocals, flute
  • Nancy Wilson - acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, lead and backing vocals
  • Ben Mink - acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, violin, viola, keyboards and programming, string arrangements, producer
  • Ric Markmann - bass
  • Ben Smith - drums and percussion
  • Sarah McLachlan - lead and backing vocals on "Walkin' Good"

Production[edit]

  • David Leonard - engineer, mixing at Studio X, Seattle
  • Alex Williams, Geoff Neal, Sam Hofstedt, David Eaman - assistant engineers
  • Craig Waddell - mastering at Gotham City Studios

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2012 Top Rock Albums Chart (USA)[7] 12
Tastemaker Albums Chart (USA)[8] 16
Billboard 200 (USA)[7] 24
Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[9] 118

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fanatic - Heart at Metacritic Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Heart - Fanatic review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hermes, Will (October 2, 2012). "Heart - Fanatic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Heart:Fanatic". The A.V. Club. October 2, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary (September 17, 2012). "Review: Heart - Fanatic". Revolver. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cibula, Matt (October 1, 2012). "Heart: Fanatic". PopMatters. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Heart Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Heart chart history". 
  9. ^ "ハートのアルバム売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved June 9, 2014.