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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: CINDERELLATitle: HEARTBREAK STATIONStreet Release Date: 04/18/2006<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METALIf any album set Cinderella apart from the legions of good-time pop metal bands that cluttered the rock landscape in the late ’80s, this one was it. Giving full weight to the blues-inflected hard rock of the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, they turned out what was probably their finest effort, with catchy songs like ”The More Things Change” (the video featured appearances by personalities as diverse as Little Richard and Shelley Duvall) and ”Shelter Me.” While Tom Keifer’s screeching, nails-on-blackboard voice doesn’t appeal to all tastes, it doesn’t overshadow the quality of the material or the band’s overall performance. –Genevieve Williams

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  • I was sadly dissappointed with this album and only give it 3 stars. Perhaps it was the fact that I’ve listened to their first 2 albums for so long, but overall this album just doesn’t get it done in my opinion. Give me the hard rocking Cinderella of old any day vs. this lightweight version. The title track, Heartbreak Station is indeed a great song but other than that the rest of the album just didn’t do much for this hard rock fan. Many of the songs vocals are also very muffled and aren’t nearly as clear as Cinderella’s previous 2 albums. Here’s hoping “Still Climbing” is much better. Despite the fact that it was a letdown, it’s still much better than anything being released in today’s hip-hop, bubble gum pop, whiny world of music.

    Posted on December 6, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Cinderella took their sound as far into blues rock territory as they possibly could with their third album – 1990’s Heartbreak Station. This album is pretty far removed from the straightforward hair metal of Night Songs, but it still rocks. It’s just a bluesier, more Southern-sounding kind of rock, complete with twanging guitars, horns, and the occasional gospel-style choir on background vocals.

    It may not be the Cinderella everyone was familiar with, but I love what they did on Heartbreak Station. Soulful songs like Electric Love, Dead Man’s Road, and the title track give the album and the band a sense of depth that a lot of Cinderella’s peers were sadly lacking, and it’s hard to resist the boogie-rocking The More Things Change, Shelter Me, and Make Your Own Way. People went nuts for Bon Jovi’s cowboy fixation. Why not extend Cinderella the same kind of credit, especially when the results are this good?

    It’s not as good as Night Songs or Long Cold Winter, but Heartbreak Station is still a very strong Cinderella album, and I have a soft spot for it as it was one of the very first albums I bought when I moved from cassettes to CDs. Ah, long box memories.

    Posted on December 6, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • move over ACDC Cinderella can go it all metal and rock, get this one now, they are also a great liveband!

    Posted on December 6, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As an attempt to get recognition as a serious and mature musical entity, Cinderella shifts direction on this recording trying to make a big departure from the cheap corporate tones, artificiality and over exploited gimmick that made hair metal so hateful on its final stages in the late 80’s and early 90’s.On Heartbreak Station, the band brings to its sound deep influences from traditional North American musical styles such as blues, country, folk and gospel as well as the British Invasion tones of the Rolling Stones and The Faces, all this in order to validate its roots as authentic rock musicians. This blend of influences creates an atmosphere of honesty, celebration, introspection and musical craft and poise. The novelty, however, its not only on the sonic department; lyrics have been traded for a reflexive and intelligent ironic mood, instead of the hedonistic and party celebratory vibe of the past.It’s been almost 13 years since the first time I listened to Heartbreak Station and still makes me wonder, what would’ve happened if Tom Keifer and the boys had reached the recognition and success that this risky and honest album deserved?.Highlights: “Shelter Me”, Sick For the Cure” and “One For Rock ‘n’ Roll” a dylanesque, evocative and beautiful song.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Not so long ago, rock bands made albums that contained musical muscle, healthy diversity, good lyrics, creativity, high emotional content, a big dose of asskicking, AND the ability to sell. It should be noted that such albums then got satired, forgotten, and essentially crapped on by the public just a few short years later. “Heartbreak Station” fulfills the critera to count as such an album. This is the only album I ever bought used, as I never happened to catch Cinderella on the radio or MTV, and I just wanted to make sure I WOULD NOT like them and I wouldn’t have to waste my time with their catalog (giving them a chance had much to due with my love for Bon Jovi). I put the cd on and even before the first chorus, I new this band would immediately jump into my “top 20″ and I felt embarrassed for not knowing them earlier. Today, the music industry has gotten so hollow, many albums only have a song or two that are even marketable, let alone musically viable. By sharp contrast, “Heartbreak Station” had (and still has!) the elements that were helping to make rock music taken more seriously as an art form. While maintaining all of the raw and gritty adrenalizing elements of soulful rock and roll, this album contains songs that speak the truth in a most musically motivating manner (“Shelter Me” and “Sick for the Cure”), a nod to funk (“Love’s Got Me Doing Time”), a soft, tender title track that even my father of 60 years can verify as aesthetically pleasing, a short and simple nod to what really matters in life (“One for Rock And Roll”), a respectable answer to ‘Blaze of Glory’ (“Dead Man’s Road”), and one of the most emotionally gutwrenching songs ever (“Winds of Change”). Oh, right, and heart-stomping kickass rock and roll (“The More Things Change” and “Make Your Own Way”). This is one of the more solid albums in existence. The ways in which a) this band should be taken seriously and b) this band has subsequently been laughed out, could not be more opposite, except for maybe occasionally in the case of Poison. “Heartbreak Station” is a very strong album that makes me embarrassed for ever predicting otherwise. It got me into the band, made me buy the rest of their albums, and helped me learn that had they not been stopped dead in their tracks by shallower musical trends, each new studio release was proving Cinderella to be one of the best bands in rock history in terms of musical evolution. Though still alive and kicking, I mourn this band’s creative spurt. At least we have this music, and it can be listened to forever. If you think that purchasing this album will uncomfortably stick you in “hair band land”, take it from me; the music is real, the songwriting is of a very high level, and the album speaks for itself once you’ve heard it. Everyone should check this out.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now