Two Hearts (album)

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Two Hearts
Studio album by Men at Work
Released 23 April 1985 (1985-04-23)
Recorded September 1984 – February 1985
Genre Rock
Length 36:34
Label Columbia
Producer Colin Hay, Greg Ham
Men at Work chronology
Cargo
(1983)
Two Hearts
(1985)
Brazil
(1998)
Singles from Two Hearts
  1. "Everything I Need"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Maria"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Hard Luck Story"
    Released: 1985
  4. "Man with Two Hearts"
    Released: 1985

Two Hearts is the third and the last studio album by Australian group Men at Work, released on 23 April 1985. It is currently out of print. Drummer Jerry Speiser and bassist John Rees had left the band prior to the album's production, while guitarist Ron Strykert quit the band during recording sessions. Touring behind the album saw sole remaining members Colin Hay and Greg Ham joined by guest musicians. Five singles were released to promote the album: "Everything I Need", "Man with Two Hearts", "Maria", "Hard Luck Story" and "Sail to You".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

In a brief retrospective review, Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine called it "a bland, synthesized variation on mainstream pop, featuring none of the melodic sensibilities or subtle humor of their first two albums."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Man with Two Hearts"   Colin Hay 3:56
2. "Giving Up"   Greg Ham 3:27
3. "Everything I Need"   Hay 3:35
4. "Sail to You"   Hay, Ron Strykert, Ham 3:25
5. "Children on Parade"   Hay 3:37
6. "Maria"   Hay 4:34
7. "Stay at Home"   Ham 3:07
8. "Hard Luck Story"   Hay 3:43
9. "Snakes and Ladders"   Ham 3:17
10. "Still Life"   Ham 3:53

Personnel[edit]

Men at Work
  • Greg Ham - keyboards; saxophone; drum programming on "Giving Up", "Snakes and Ladders", and "Still Life"; lead vocals on "Giving Up", "Stay at Home", and "Still Life"; backing vocals on "Everything I Need"
  • Colin Hay - acoustic guitar; electric guitar (except on "Sail to You", "Hard Luck Story", and "Still Life"); drum programming (except on "Snakes and Ladders" and "Still Life"); lead vocals (except on "Giving Up", "Stay at Home", and "Still Life"); backing vocals; additional keyboards and marimba on "Man With Two Hearts"; electric sitar on "Maria"; bass and piano on "Hard Luck Story"; drums on "Everything I Need" and "Hard Luck Story"
  • Ron Strykert - electric and steel guitars (except on "Everything I Need" and "Snakes and Ladders"); acoustic guitar on "Maria"; bass on "Man With Two Hearts"
Sessionists
Production
  • Colin Hay, Greg Ham - Producers
  • Russell Depeller - Management
  • Colin Hay, Greg Ham, Bob Clearmountain - Mixing, except "Children on Parade"
  • Tim Kramer, Colin Hay, Greg Ham - Mixing, "Children on Parade"

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1985 Top Pop Albums 50

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Everything I Need" Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
1985 "Everything I Need" The Billboard Hot 100 47

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