First off, I want to apologize for taking so long to review this album. I have had such a writer’s block when it comes to writing about music only because I have been writing actual music myself and when I am in the mode of song writing it is very difficult for me to write anything else, especially reviews. Album reviews are probably the hardest pieces to write because all I want to say is I loved it , I think you’ll love it too, so go and buy it! But… I had to say something about Chantal Claret’s newest album. This album deserves more than just the cliché “the bass was pounding”, “the vocals cut through like angels from the heavens” or my favorite, “the guitar shredded like mozzarella”. No, this album deserves so much more.
I still do not know if I’ll find the right words to describe Chantal’s latest masterpiece Battles of a Heavy Heart but I am sure going to try. PURCHASE HERE
Battles of a Heavy Heart delivers the perfect blend of sass and soul, Chantal Claret has easily released one of the best albums of 2015. I really like music to be both timeless and relatable and I can definitely find these qualities in this album. These songs can be listened to and appreciated 20 years from now and could’ve been heard 20 years ago and still had the same effect on the listener.
My favorite track Secret War brings me to a place of aftermath and rubble. The song may be an analogy for something else all together but that’s the beauty of it, we can interpret a song in the literal sense or we can try to create our own purpose, either way there is still meaning. In this case I went with the literal interpretation and envisioned a smoldering planet of war and turmoil that was the direct result of Agenda 21 and martial law.
No Good Way To Die could easily be the stand-out song from the soundtrack of Death Proof 2 or Kill Bill 3. I love the Grindhouse 1970’s surfer sound that is incorporated in this tune. I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear this song in your next favorite movie preview.
Tiny Violin is my second favorite song from the album which is gradually slipping into position number one. The background and back up vocals are amazing and you will find yourself listening to this track on repeat. This song depicts what I can relate to as far as trying to break into the business. The chorus says it all. “You must be rich, you must be famous, you must pretend that you found happiness within, and to anyone that ever told you no, well you can finally say I told you so, and until you sell your soul, so you can win, you play, play, play, play, play your tiny violin.” No wonder so many so-called artists are on top and the extremely talented have doors slammed in their faces. The illuminati? I am proud to represent the anti-mainstream and even though it may not be as lucrative, I am sure Chantal is as well. Thank you for writing this song.
The entire album is worth a listen but I don’t want to spoil it for you, I suggest you buy it and see for yourself. Support musicians like Chantal Claret because they are not a dime a dozen.