Captive Heart - Home Of The Brave

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edited August 1 in year-1996

Here's a band that fitted quite nicely into the category of 'right place, wrong time', a pure AOR band from Chicago, Captive Heart could've gone places had they not fallen into the grunge trap of 1992.

Captive Heart - Home Of The Brave
ARTIST: Captive Heart
ALBUM: Home Of The Brave
LABEL: MTM
SERIAL: 199614
YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA Flag
LINEUP: Rick Tratar - vocals * Chuck Kawal - guitars, bass, backing vocals * Tim McGovern - guitar, backing vocals * Scott Bahry - keyboards, drums, percussion, backing vocals * Paul Balsamello - bass * Guy Dominick - bass, backing vocals * Steve Moss - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Outlaw * 02 It's Too Late * 03 Home Of The Brave * 04 Shattered Dreams * 05 Over You Over Me * 06 Helpless * 07 Just One Touch * 08 Can't Stop * 09 Heartache * 10 Ride Of Your Life * 11 Til The End

Background

Here's a band that fitted quite nicely into the category of 'right place, wrong time'. A pure AOR band from Chicago, Captive Heart could've gone places had they not fallen into the grunge trap of 1992. With a sound that combines the structure of Survivor and the melodic fiery-ness of Signal, and containing a superb vocal talent in Rick Tratar, the band were on the verge of a big label signing, but the music scene and industry conspired against them.

With a whole bunch of songs in the can, they were going nowhere fast. Though this was eventually released in 1996, and was one of MTM Music's first releases, the band had in fact split some two years previously. The members of Captive Heart pointed out at the time that the songs on this album were demos, but MTM Music were sufficiently impressed as to the quality, to release it 'as is' on their label.

The Songs

The best tracks on this collection appear at front end of the album. Opener 'Outlaw' contains a ton of drama, and moves in a similar direction to that classic one-off effort from Signal. My fave track is second up, 'It's Too Late' a veritable hot-spot among a platter of smouldering AOR.

The title track 'Home Of The Brave' chugs away in mid-tempo mode, with guitars on alert all throughout the track. 'Shattered Dreams' is a mix of Poison's 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn' with Def Leppard's lighter moments, whereas 'Over You Over Me' continues the same approach found on 'It's Too Late', fantastic AOR that demands repeat play!

'Can't Stop' features a bigger sounding production, with its compelling blend of acoustic/electric instruments. Captive Heart up the ante on the rockin' 'Ride Of Your Life', a racy number with a party anthem edge. The finale 'Til The End' invokes reminders of Extreme's 'More Than Words' due to the acoustic angle and vocal harmonies. Good way to finish.

In Summary

As mentioned, the band were a non-entity by the time this album was released. However, they have reappeared together to sing at baseball games in their hometown of Chicago, but not enough to warrant a fullblown reunion. Still, 'Home Of The Brave' is a good collection of songs from a band with their hearts and souls centered very much in the melodic rock/AOR universe.


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