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Artist: Heartland

Title: Communication Down

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Category: AOR

Year: 2002

Label: Escape Music

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Chris Ousey vocals
Steve Morris guitars, keyboards
Tim Hewitt bass
Frank Baker drumsDave Chapman guest keyboards


1.  Imagine My Surprise  
2.  Follow Me  
3.  Man in the Iron Mask  
4.  The Best of Times  
5.  Fight the Good Fight  
6.  Time and Tide  
7.  The Bottom Line  
8.  Black and White  
9.  Refugee  
10.  All Her Own Way  
11.  Classical Blast  
12.  I Believe Japan bonus track  

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From: JASPOUILLE Date: January 26, 2003 at 17:59

From: koogles Date: January 27, 2003 at 1:41
Another CD that came saran-wrapped in a lot of hype and critical ballyhoo, but now sits on my shelf virtually unplayed. I didn't mind "The Man in the Iron Mask" but this band hasn't done it for me since their debut way back in 1991. Which, if you've suffered through as many mediocre Heartland releases as I have, seems like a LONG time ago. This band just doesn't excite me... like an ex-girlfriend who's put on 50 pounds and gave up brushing her teeth in 1991.

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From: Jez Date: January 27, 2003 at 15:11
Excellent release after 2000's superb 'As It Comes' release. I can see where Koogles is coming from up until then, but the last two releases have been stunning in all departments.

From: John Date: September 4, 2003 at 12:25
Gotta disagree with ya Koogs. To my ears this is the most consistent Heartland release since the debut. AND it rocks. 'Man In The Iron Mask' is awesome. And it's nice to hear Morris show what he can do on the closer 'Classical Blast'. 8.5/10.

From: Rycheage Date: March 13, 2004 at 23:51
The harder edge is apparent on the opener, the aptly named 'Imagine My Surprise'. Yes indeed. 'Best Of Times' has an atmospheric quality to it, with an upbeat surging chorus which gives the track some energy. The keyboard sequences are very cool. Keeping up the pace is the rather powerful but funky 'The Bottom Line', and they even chuck in a token AOR effort with 'All Her Own Way' before 'Classical Blast' ends up as an instrumental pot-pourri.

From: TIM (2) Date: July 7, 2004 at 9:39
I remember reading a 10/10 review for this in a rock mag back when it was released. Whoever that was needs to get out more, as this is very lame melodic hard-rock almost devoid of any melody. I guess this is aimed at a whole batch of new fans, as fans of the first 3 albums are not going to get into this. As much as I still like to hear Chris Ousey sing, I'd much rather just put on one of the first 3 albums than keep buying new material. 5/10.

From: Hrudet Date: October 4, 2004 at 21:09
The musicianship is again impeccable as all do an admirable job, yet I can't help but feel that the music is a bit samey. The songs since 'Heartland III' can all be interchanged and no one would know the difference. Doesn't mean it's bad. In fact, it's quite good, yet I can't help but think that it could've been better.

From: Axe-Machine Date: December 19, 2005 at 19:29
Like Koogles, this sits in my record collection virtually unplayed. I have not liked Heartland since Wide Open and haven't loved them since the debut. Shame that Ousey hasn't been involved with one of those Frontiers Records projects, God knows he needs some good songs to sing! Opening track on this is good, but the album suffers from poor production (which would sound good if all you had ever heard were Heartland albums from the mid nineties onwards) and overall poor songwriting.Highly Average.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 22, 2012 at 18:32
Great album!!!...melodic rock/AOR with a bit of an edge here and there..."Imagine My Surprise","Follow Me","Man In The Iron Mask","The Best Of Times"(killer song!),"Time And Tide" & "All Her Own Way" are my faves...recommended...'nuff said ...90/100

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