Over 20 years after his debut album ”Human’s Lib”, Howard Jones is still going strong. He’s not in the mainsteam's eye anymore, but he’s still doing what he wants, namely fine pop music. And even though this new album “Revolution of the Heart” is not on par with his best stuff of the eighties, it’s still a proof of strength.
“Revolution of the Heart” kicks off with the melancholic “Celebrate our Love”, a disco tinted affair, where the hook is reminiscent of the Electronic track “Until the End of Time”. A yummy way to start the album, but unfortunately it's followed by the wooden “Respected”, a ballad that’s way too stiff and soft rock for me.
Then we are served a number of great tracks (and some weaker ones). Highlights include the single “Just Look at you Now” (review), the souped up version of “Revolution of the Heart” (compared to the promo version), and “Another Chance”, which in my mind can be seen as a follow up to “Assault and Battery” from his 1985 album “Dream into Action”. It’s powerful, epic, very emotional, and quite possibly the best track on the album. The ending track “For You, See Me” is an eight minute long pop anthem and a grand finale.
Howard doesn’t flex his piano playing muscles a lot, instead focusing on making electronic pop songs, and he still does that very well after all this time. I really enjoy what he’s done together with new working partner Robbie Bronnieman here, and their work brings joy to my heart.