Written by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
After hearing Heart perform at the US’s largest 10 day outdoor music event, Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA on August 10, and hearing “Red Velvet Car” and “WTF” for the first time, I knew that they would have another classic on their hands.
The Wilson Sisters along with the talented Ben Mink have created another timeless masterpiece. This new CD will rank up there with ”Dreamboat Annie”, “Dog & Butterfly”, ”Bebe Le Strange” and “Little Queen”. The songwriting prowess of the Wilson sisters is showcased in these new songs and the compositions that they have projected are very refreshing. They have gone back to their roots with these performances to the simpler times when their music had meaning and told compelling stories.
“There You Go” is a flowing tune with those trademark Heart harmonies. This unique all-acoustic number has those very natural sounds that go on to power this melodic number. “WTF” is an awesome jam number in the mold of a “Barracuda”. The energy projected is infectious and the composition and accompaniment are flawless. AOR radio will have fun with this!
The title track “Red Velvet Car” takes me back to the early days with this moving number that has a definite R&B feel to it. Reminiscent of some of the Led Zeppelin influences enjoyed by the band, Ann’s heartfelt vocals make this a sensual masterpiece and my choice as the breakout single. “Queen City” talks about the Wilson Sisters and their life in the grips of time in the Seattle area and the many changes that have manifested itself throughout the years and influenced their sound.
“Hey You” was penned by Nancy over a astonishing period of 10 years and is one of those heartfelt personal stories with amazing lyrics. This is one of my personal favorites and could be a breakout hit for the CHR/MOR formats. “Wheels” has that all inclusive Heart sound to it that offers the signature vocals and tight guitar riffs. The high energy of this makes it a MUST Listen!
“Saffronias Mark” is a clean, unpretentious, enthusiastic effort and has that vintage Heart feeling. With “Death Valley”, Ann takes you to a darker side that is not often heard from this talented songwriter. It is very upfront and a passionate plea of escape.
This new effort, their first in 6 years, is a return to their musical roots and also a statement that Heart is here to stay with some of the most refreshing music heard in year from these multi-talented ladies.