'Heart - Night at Sky Church'
(Heart / DVD / NR / 2011 / Sony Legacy)
Overview: Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the 1970s with songs like Crazy On You, Barracuda, and Magic Man. They continued their string of huge hits in the decades that followed with songs like Alone, Never, These Dreams, and many more. Night At Sky Church, filmed live on March 5. 2010, takes Heart fans on what truly feels like the musical ride of a lifetime.
DVD Verdict: Having risen to fame in the 1970s with their music being influenced by hard rock as well as folk music, Heart may well have taken a musical back seat for a couple of years in the early 80s, but they powered back in style in 1985. Experiencing further successes with their power ballads and pop hits into the 90s, it's no wonder that still-releasing albums today prompted them to return to a live concert recording for their fans.
And so we have 'Heart - Night at Sky Church,' an 88-minute show filmed in March of 2010 via an Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum modem. The set list is amazing (see below), the duo and solo vocal performances on key, on track, and on form. The DVD dives right into the music with the always-powerful 'Barracuda,' the two Wilson sisters — Nancy and Ann — aged, yes, of course, but never musically struggling.
I mean, just watching the frantic rock guitar opening of the abovementioned 'Barracuda' from Nancy, coupled with the sly introduction of Ann (who goes straight into headbanging mode on beat) is enough to convince you that the band has lost NOTHING over the years!
8.Red Velvet Car
11.Your Long Journey
12.What About Love
14.Crazy On You
17.Back To Avalon
18.Kick It Out
Their power ballad, 'Alone' live is a sight to behold too. That soft piano opening, the set bathed in deep blue, Ann alone center stage as she leads into the song. But, as you may know, these days for this song, Ann's vocals never get louder! And so, it has to be said that this softer version is getting a tad bit old! I'm sure the fans would like it sung the original way from here on in; but maybe Ann's vocals can't run with the dogs any more?
Regardless, Heart are a joy to watch here on this intimate stage setting. Whether you be a fan of their old school tunes, the late '80s and early '90s soft rock hits, or are just starting to discover them (!) - due to Red Celvet Car - they will please any and all listeners.
Ann Wilson can still belt out any song with a top notch ferocity, but as much as some of the new songs from Red Velvet Car 'sound' classic, they truly don't quite hit the same listening/viewing mark as the classics ie: the new single, 'WTF.' The DVD splits screen a lot which is cool to watch at the start, but confusing to concentrate on come the end! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.