SEVEN THE HARD WAY is a good album (at best) full of glossy, overproduced synth heavy pop/rock fare that seems contrived or just plain uninteresting . The album reached #26 on the Billboard album charts, but just seemed to be a continuation of Pat's gradual creative decline during the 80s. All of the hits here were penned by outside songwriters. Four tracks (none of which I'd consider to be highlights) are collaborations between guitarist Neil Giraldo and drummer Myron Grombacher. Notably, Pat Benatar doesn't earn a single writing credit for this album. At least there is just enough hits here ("Sex As A Weapon", "Le Bel Age" and "Invincible") to barely redeem this album, but it remains something of a disappointment all the same.