Song Review: Heart – “Stranded”

“Stranded” was released as the third single from Heart’s 1990 album, Brigade. The single was released in September 1990 and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 15 years old and just starting my sophomore year of high school when “Stranded” was released. I fell in love with this song the first time I ever heard it on the radio. It was a beautiful, yet melancholic ballad that featured Nancy Wilson on lead vocals. The lyrics to this song are so relatable, and Nancy’s vocal delivery and performance makes the listener believe that she means what she’s singing. To be honest, I love this song just as much now as I did when it first came out. To me, it’s the strongest single to be released from Brigade, and it ranks among my all-time favorite songs by Heart.

The music video intercuts footage of the band with shots of Nancy Wilson lip-syncing the song. In most of Nancy’s shots, she’s on a bridge on a slightly foggy night. The lighting and cinematography of these shots of Nancy effectively capture the mood and feel of the song. I especially like the opening shot on the bridge, where the camera is at a tilted angle at first, until Nancy comes into frame. Once Nancy appears, the camera angle straightens back to normal. There’s also some random shots of Nancy with an acoustic guitar (a couple of times, she’s seen playing the guitar as she’s lip-syncing, and a couple of shots show her stretched out on the ground with the acoustic guitar next to her). But overall, it’s a good video for what it is.


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