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HEART

RED VELVET CAR

Released September 2010

 


Heart are great live, I love the way that they have reinvigorated their career and managed to meld the ‘acoustic’ and the ‘hair-metal’ Hearts into a slick unit full of passion and soul. Primarily for me it has always been Anne’s voice though, surely one of the best female voices in rock, and one which could evoke passion just by reciting the telephone directory.

 

I really liked the last release 2004’s ‘Jupiter’s Darling’ but that album tended to play it safe with the ‘back to the roots’ feel of the songs. As Red Velvet Car is only their second release of all new material this decade I had very high expectations.

 

And guess what, this delivers it all. How often do you hear a band 34 years into their career who manage to write what could perhaps be one of their most fully realised and exciting collections of songs in years.

 

After listening all weekend I don’t even know where to begin with my review. We start off with the intensely melodic slow-burn of ‘There You Go’ then Ann goes all Robert Plant on ‘WTF’ and ‘Red velvet Car’ then adds a sexy blues to the mix. Every song seems to add something to the whole and everything works fantastically well.

 

The folk-tinged ‘Safronia’s Mark’ is a real little gem which builds into a great rock song with some lovely slide. I love ‘Queen City’ too; the song about Seattle and ‘Hey You’ takes an unexpected turn through country verses to a light and breezy pop chorus that works remarkably well.

 

Great to also see a reworking of the ‘Lovemongers’ track ‘Sand’ on here. It’s a song that always has been very moving and here sounds truly beautiful.

 

This album already sounds timeless. I’m tempted to say that it may just be essential too.

 

Mark