Heartland (Real Life album)

Heartland is the debut studio album from Australian band Real Life. The album was released in Australia in November 1983. The album peaked at number 30 on the Australian Kent Music Report and remained in the charts for 27 weeks.

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1983
RecordedRhinoceros Studios, Sydney, 1983
  • Wheatley (AUS)
  • MCA (US, UK, CAN)
  • Curb (EUR, CAN, JAP)
Real Life chronology
Master Mix
Singles from Heartland
  1. "Send Me an Angel"
    Released: May 1983
  2. "Openhearted"
    Released: August 1983
  3. "Catch Me I'm Falling"
    Released: November 1983
  4. "Always (European release only)"
    Released: August 1984

At the Countdown Music and Video Awards of 1983, the album won Best Debut Album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]

Tomas Mureika from AllMusic called Heartland "One of the strongest -- and most unappreciated -- albums of the new wave era" and singled out "Catch Me I'm Falling" as the best track on the album. Mureika said "The title track is a stirring, brooding anthem, worthy of U2's powerful early new wave days, complete with wailing guitar solo. "Broken Again," "Breaking Point," and "Openhearted" are built on solid pop hooks, while the album's closer "Burning Blue" is a melancholic summation of a great record."[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by David Sterry and Richard Zatorski.

Side A
1."Send Me an Angel"3:53
2."Catch Me I'm Falling"3:33
3."Under the Hammer"3:24
5."Breaking Point"4:18
Side B
1."Broken Again"3:58
4."Exploding Bullets"4:10
5."Burning Blue"4:43


Chart (1983–1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 30
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[3] 45
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[4] 12
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 10
US Billboard 200[7] 58


  1. ^ a b c d Mureika, Tomas. "Real Life – Heartland". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 247. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6295a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Real Life – Heart Land" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – Real Life – Heart Land". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Real Life – Heart Land". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Heartland – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 April 2014.