White Heart - The Early Years

Saturday 1st June 1996
White Heart - The Early Years
White Heart - The Early Years

RATING 3 3 3
LABEL: StarSong SSD0111
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Richard Tulloch

The earliest tracks on this collection are from 1986, so you could be forgiven for thinking that its title is a contradiction in terms. Indeed, since these 'early years' comprise just three albums, from just four years, you could well wonder just what the point of its release is at all. The point of White Heart during this time was clear. Following the lead of pioneering bands like Petra and Rez, it became their mission to commandeer AORmetal for God. As The Early years' shows though, their self-consciousness often led to a forced approach, as if such music was what they felt they needed to produce, more than what they were actually best at. "Read The Book", for example, sounds embarrassingly like an elderly relative trying to use trendy language for the benefit of your school friends. The less 'glammish' inclusions, like "Fly Eagle Fly", are more convincing and give a glimpse of their true potential. Such glimpses though are not enough to justify this pointless compilation.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Kieran James in Toowoomba, Queensland @ 09:48 on Mar 20 2008

Have to disagree with the reviewer here - this is a great disc that blessed me a lot personally, good mix of heavier songs like Powerhouse and Freedom and ballads such as River will Flow and Desert Rose. Vocal power on Freedom and the honesty and passion are just amazing. Read the Book lyrics maybe cheesy but everyone was cheesy in 1986 -- look at early Megadeth, Stryper, Saxon, Judas Priest, whoever you want to name. The reviewer should interpret the songs in their historical context and be a little bit more forgiving - after all wasnt that Whiteheart's core message in songs like 70 times 7.

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