Switching from Epic to Capitol with 1985's Heart proved to be a wise move for the Wilson
sisters, who experienced a major resurgence in popularity and gained many new followers. Heart
's arena rock sound had become even glossier, and the band was selling more albums than ever. But for all its production gloss (courtesy of Ron Nevison
) and pop slickness, Bad Animals
comes across as sincere rather than formulaic or cynical. From the rockers "You Ain't Too Tough" and "Easy Target" to the power ballads "Alone" and "Wait for an Answer," all of the songs are quite memorable. The folk elements and acoustic leanings that characterized many of Heart
's early ballads were long gone, and the Wilson
sisters keep the volume high but slow the tempo.