Rolling Stone - 1/10/913 Stars
- Good - "...amazingly likable and even brave...You'd have to search pretty far to find white blues this consistently catchy and rhythmic, this varied, this free of gut-busting macho slop...could prove the most inescapable hard rock since APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION..."
Q - 1/914 Stars
- Excellent - "...Already multi-platinum shifters in their homeland, this should finally guarantee them tickets to the ball over here..."
Cinderella: Tom Keifer (vocals, guitar, dobro, mandolin, piano); Jeff LeBar (guitar); Eric Brittingham (bass); Fred Coury (drums, percussion, background vocals).
The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (saxophone); Dennis Ruello (baritone saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet).
Additional personnel: Jay Levin (steel guitar); Jay Davidson (saxophone, piano); Ken Hensley (organ); Rod Roddy, Brian O'Neal, Rick Criniti (keyboards); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Roy McDonald (programming); Elaine Foster, Sharon Foster, Tara Pellerin, Carla Benson, Evette Benton, Curtis King, Brenda King, Tawatha Agee, Eric Troyer (background vocals).
Personnel: Tom Keifer (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, mandocello, mandolin, piano); Jeff LaBar (guitar, slide guitar); Rob Schumann, Jay Levin (guitar); John Paul Jones (strings); Jay Davidson (saxophone, piano); Andrew Love (saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); The Memphis Horns (horns); Rod Roddy (piano, Clavinet); Brian O'Neal (piano, organ); Ken Hensley (organ); Rick Criniti, K. Criniti (keyboards); Roy McDonald (synthesizer, programming); John Avarese (synthesizer); Eric Brittingham (bass guitar); Fred Coury (drums, percussion, background vocals); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Evette Benton, Carla Benson, Curtis King, Sharon Foster, Eric Troyer, Elaine Foster, Brenda King, Tara Pellerin, Tawatha Agee (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mike Reiter; George Cowan; Michael Barbiero; Steve Thompson .
Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY; House Of Music, West Orange, NJ; Kajem Stud; Kajem Studios, Gladwyne, PA; Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, LA.
Photographers: Mark Weiss; Ross Halfin.
Unknown Contributor Role: Tom Keifer.
Arranger: John Paul Jones .
After successful albums that effectively followed contemporary hard rock trends, Cinderella reached back into the Stones and Aerosmith songbooks and created a sneering, raunchy hard rock album that was artistically their finest moment, even if it didn't reach the same commercial heights as its predecessors. But the sales figures don't matter (it only sold a million copies); Heartbreak Station shows that Cinderella has more genuine rock & roll grit than most of the metal bands of the late '80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine