Saturday, July 9, 2016

CD Review: Heart Return With New Studio Album "Beautiful Broken"

Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famers Heart recently released their 16th studio album "Beautiful Broken" on July 8th through the Concord Music Group. It is their first album in four years and their first since being inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Also this summer, Heart will be on tour with fellow Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts for the "Rock Hall 3 For All" tour.

The new ten-song release begins with the high-powered, energetic rocker "Beautiful Broken," which shows that the band can still rock after forty years. The Wilson sister (Ann & Nancy) also invited Metallica's James Hetfield to lend his vocals to the song's intense delivery. The new album mixes together new originals and re-imaged versions of some of their songs from earlier albums. Ann's vocals sound so timeless on the piano introduction of "Two" and on the wonderful ballad "Sweet Darlin'," accompanied by a wonderful string arrangement done by the legendary Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, David Bowie). Nancy's guitar burns a path along the way of the orchestrated backdrop of "I Jump" and then the band invokes the spirit of Led Zeppelin during the mystical rock of "Heaven." The album finishes up with the thick bluesy guitar riff of "City's Burning" which was first recorded for Heart's 1982 album "Private Audition" and the eighties pop of "Language Of Love" from their album "Passionworks."

Heart kick off their U.S. summer tour on July 14th and will be making their way across the country for the next two months. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Beautiful Broken," please visit heart-music.com.

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