2016 Vinyl LP Includes Duet With Ann Wilson And
Metallica's James Hetfield! And Cover Of Ne-Yo's Song "Two!"
On Beautiful Broken, the Wilson sisters return with all new, heart-wrenching,
original material, as well as some hidden gems from their legendary past. The
project is so powerful that it has drawn in other superstar friends of the band
from across the music world, including Metallica’s James Hetfield and Ne-Yo,
each lending their incredible talents to the record. The album is made up of 10
magnificent tracks, featuring new original music as well as updates on some
treasures from their catalog.
"...The three new songs are uniformly excellent additions to the catalog.
Co-produced by Nancy Wilson and bassist Dan Rothchild, the set kicks off with
the rocking title track single, which was included as a bonus track on 2012's
Fanatic. Metallica's James Hetfield adds his gruff baritone and some new lyrics
too. The riff is classic Heart and the juxtaposition of Ann's clear, soaring
alto with Hetfield's throaty roar works. 'Two' is a cover of a new Ne-Yo song.
Sung by Nancy (in inspired voice) with Ann backing, its first half is fueled by
piano and a B-3, before a Moog bassline, synth strings, and electric guitars
build it into a midtempo rocker. Ann's 'Sweet Darlin'' (from Bebe le Strange)
features an enormous string chart by Paul Buckmaster inspired by the sessions he
did with Elton John in the early '70s. Her voice rises above the swelling violins,
violas, cellos, piano, and drums. 'I Jump,' another new tune, also gets the
orchestral treatment, but the counterpoint between strings and dissonant, Led
Zeppelin-esque riffing in the refrain cleverly offsets the sweetness in the
verses. This set marks the first time that 'Heaven' has appeared on a studio
album. Opening with a bowed acoustic guitar that sounds like a sarod, it's a
meld of new age, folk, and East Indian open-tuned drone throughout the intro.
When the drums and electric slide guitars wind in and Ann Wilson lets her
thunderous voice out of the gate, it's plodding stadium rock greatness. 'Down on
Me,' from Bebe le Strange, was originally a scorching, theatrical blues-rocker.
It's been slowed here with a syncopated backbeat. The blues feel remains but is
tempered by a fine soul tinge in Ann's delivery." - Thomas Jurek,
• Limited time MP3 full album download card
1. Beautiful Broken (James Hetfield & Ann Wilson)
3. Sweet Darlin'
4. I Jump
5. Johnny Moon
7. City's Burning
8. Down On Me
9. One Word
10. Language Of Love