- Audio CD (Aug. 31 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony Legacy
- ASIN: B003TTB0GC
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
Red Velvet Car Import
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2010 album from the veteran Rock band led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, their first album in six years. Red Velvet Car takes generations of Heart fans on what truly feels like the musical ride of a lifetime. Powerfully produced by Ben Mink, Red Velvet Car is a thoroughly electrifying song cycle of largely acoustic-based sound and a stunning album with a true and renewed sense of purpose. Ann and Nancy committed themselves to writing and recording an album that was as authentic as possible, culling from their own personal experiences and some universal themes. The result on Red Velvet Car is an album of breathtaking intimacy and honesty.
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While it's clear that nothing here matches the poetic fury of some of their 70s work - or the shallow but engaging power pop they did in the 80s - "Red Velvet Car" is actually a good album. Not great, but good - and certainly not bad. It does demand a few listenings until it finally sinks in, but once it does, you can appreciate it for what it's worth. Oddly enough, for a band whose main strength arguably lies in rockers, it's the smoother songs that work the best. Midtempo tracks such as "Hey you", "Sand", "There you go again" and the title track are arresting, melodic and enjoyable. "Safronia's mark", which finds the band resuming its Led Zeppelin influences, is also a clear standout. And those who can put their hands on the augmented edition of the CD, which features the bonus tracks "Bootful of beer" and "Close to the sun", will be rewarded with another pair of fine tracks.
Unfortunately, as was the case on "Jupiter's Darling", the uptempo tracks are flat and powerless; "Wheels", "Queen city" and "Death valley" are as generic as it gets, while "WTF" (the oddest choice ever for a lead single...) aimlessly trails off into nothingness, using a wall of guitars to disguise its absence of melody. More damagingly, although Ann Wilson's vocals are still as distinctive as ever, there's little material here to showcase her trademark chops. It's hard to convey any distinctive emotion on songs that don't have much melody or emotional power. One can only miss the thrilling, heartfelt sounds that used to grace songs like "Alone", "Crazy on you", "Mistral wind" or "What about love". You can tell that she still has that in her - as evidenced by songs such as "Safronia's Mark" and "Sand" - but most of the songs here don't allow her to take off.
What remains is a collection of mostly pleasant songs that Heart's fans can enjoy, even though these tracks don't quite live up to the band's own history. But Ann and Nancy can still be proud of the fact that nearly 35 years after their band's inception, they are still willing to come up with new material, rather than just resting on their comfortable laurels. "Red Velvet Car" will not be remembered as one of their finest efforts, but it nonetheless entered the top 10 of the album charts in the U.S., proving that there's still room out there for veteran acts willing to take a risk.
I love this album and I think it is one of their best yet.
Ann & Nancy are truly amazing. They are always touring to support their fans.
So if you love Heart, get this album. You're going to love the sultry title track.
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