"If you are only a casual Heart listener you may be familiar with the title track and 'Straight On' thanks to the radio. However 'Dog & Butterfly' should be listened the whole way through to be appreciated. The second side should not be divided into separate tracks ('Dog & Butterfly', 'Lighter Touch', 'Nada One', and finally 'Mistral Wind'), but should be listened to the whole way through to truly reach the place where Ann's vocals want to take you. You'll never hear finer vocal work than Ann Wilson, and you'll be hard pressed to find better Ann Wilson than 'Dog & Butterfly'. Her haunting voice brings forth such emotions as wanting, hurting, and yearning, but also demands attention, and can grow into a rage. If there is a better female vocalist than Ann Wilson I never heard her, and probably no one else has either."
If you buy no other music this year, BUY THIS!
Johny Bottom | 08/10/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are many reasons to buy this album. It is a great concept work, with one side being rockers and the other side gentle ballads. What makes this cd really exciting though is a song called "Mistral Wind." It is a swirling melodic piece that whispers soft and finally peaks with thunderous abandon. The lyrics for this song are "visually exciting." A beautiful and poignant story painted with words and music. "Mistral Wind" is quite simply the most beautiful....song, I have ever heard. Heart in my opinion, is one of the great talents of rock and roll music. BUY THIS!"
Mismatched but great songs
G. E. Williams | California | 08/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is a dilemma for me; Loving the Wilson Sisters like I do, and knowing that they are the core of all editions of this great group, you still need to take a step back and realize how really great Heart was in this first incarnation, brilliant musicianship, amazing song writing and unique ocherstration. I love every song on this CD, which is why I gave it 5 stars but... As an album it lacks concept and cohesion which is the hallmark of the two first albums, so I will tell you how I make it all better.
I have long had a favorite mix CD that was made by rearranging the order of the songs of Dreamboat Annie and Little Queen into one 80 minute CD.
Here's what I propose to do next. I take out Magic Man and White lightning and Wine and from Dreamboat, and Barracuda and Kick it out from Little Queen, and ad in Straight on, Dog and Butterfly, Lighter Touch, Nada One, and Mistral Wind from Dog and Butterfly, I order them as seems to flow best starting with Dreamboat Annie, put the transitional Dreamboat Annie in the Middle and the Reprise on the end. A perfect album (at least for me).
So what about the other songs in Dog and Butterfly and the great songs I have just removed from two of my favorite albums?
I make my next album... Adding Bebe le Strange, and Even it up from Bebe le Strange and Heartless, Devils Delight, Just the Wine, and Magazine form Magazine . Take the rest of the songs from Bebe Le Strange and put them with Passionworks as they fit more with 80's Heart than 70's Heart. Take the Cover songs from Live and Magazine and various other albums and add them to a separate collection of Heart and Whirlygig CD's.
It is probably crazy to anyone else, but I bet any Heart fan would like my reshuffled CD's
But that's just me. "
The best of both worlds
G. E. Williams | 03/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What does a band do when they're equally good at electric rock and acoustic? For Heart, they showcased both styles in this 5-star album. While "Stright On" and the title song were the best known, the overall best song is the finale, "Mistral Wind". Here an acoustic whisper builds into a fierce electrical scream and then comes back down with a beautiful piano and chime ending. Every time I hear this one I go into an almost hypnotic state. "Mistral Wind" is Heart's un-sung masterpiece, a hauntingly beautiful song."