One of the aspects that most captivates us about Western civilization is the possibility of enjoying the talent and intelligence of women, and the exciting world of Rock could not be the exception to this rule. Thus, since the late ’60s, artists of the stature of The Runaways, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, and Heart have emerged, all of the great musical quality.
In Heart’s case, much of the recognition goes basically to sisters Ann and Nancy Lamoureux Wilson, both from California, both very talented. And it is that Heart is a group that knew how to win the respect of the critic based on solid musical compositions, as is the case of this album Little Queen that contains the hit Barracuda.
Little Queen begins with Barracuda, a famous composition characterized by its powerful and fast-paced rhythm, spectacular riff, a superlative performance by Ann Wilson in the lead vocals, and brilliant rhythmic section. He contributed to the million-dollar sales for this album (as did the debut album Dreamboat Annie) and peaked at # 11 in the United States.
Love Alive is the first acoustic ballad on the album, it starts out very smooth and then picks up on the drums. The flute and acoustic guitars in the seventies are the distinctive signs of the theme.
Sylvan Song is the beautiful acoustic instrumental of the album, it is a soft quasi-folk rhythm that includes ambient sounds is a kind of intro for the next song.
Dream Of The Archer
Dream Of The Archer, in which the vocal melodies prevail, accompanied by mandolins always in a folk-rock key. At this point, long-duration listening teleports the listener to an idyllic setting similar to the one featured on the LP cover, in medieval costumes and utensils.
Kick It Out / Little Queen
Kick It Out and Little Queen are the next songs and coincidentally they were also hits, although with less impact than Barracuda. The first one is relatively short and its structure is simple faster rhythm and sticky chorus. Of both I prefer Little Queen, for its open 70s riff, superbly seasoned by those sensual female choruses. In the middle there is an attractive change of pace, giving way to the magnificent voice of Ann Wilson.