The album did not do well when it was released, selling less than 500,000 copies and failing to reach the gold record status. A review in Rolling Stone gave the album two out of five stars and a poor review. The reviewer, Errol Somay, writes, “In short, Passionworks seems like the soundtrack to an off-Broadway show that closed after two nights.” The song, “How Can I Refuse?” was popular, hitting number one on the Mainstream Rock charts and number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983. The other singles off the album did not do as well.
Heart’s sixteenth studio album released in 2016, Beautiful Broken, contains two remastered tracks from the Passionworks album along with a few other remastered songs from their 80s era and a few new ones. These two tracks are “Johnny Moon” and “Language of Love.” In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Nancy Wilson talks about the idea to remaster the songs, “Like, ‘Wow, these songs were so misunderstood ‘production-wise.’ And I thought I would love a chance to redesign and reimagine them in the studio.” The new album reached the number nine spot on Billboard’s Rock Album Chart in 2016. Then, it reached number 30 on Billboard’s Top Selling Albums chart in the US. This album did much better than the earlier Passionworks album.