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Dog & Butterfly

by Heart
Dog & Butterfly by Heart
Released: Oct 1978
Label: PORTRAIT
There's plenty of meditative me-decade amorphousness on Heart's 1978 Dog and Butterfly. If the low-focus cocktail-jazz shambling of "Hijinx" serves as a tasty link between Steely Dan and Quarterflash, the string-sectioned power-ballad bombast of "Lighter Touch" foresees Heart's own schmaltzy '80s. But "Cook With Fire," and especially "Straight On," vamp in tangibly funky ways -- the latter isn't far from Donna Summer's Bad Girls rock-disco a year later. And the folkishly fragile title track faces the older-and-colder inevitability of aging like a true daughter of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide."
CHUCK EDDY

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