Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Heart have revealed details of their new album 'Beautiful Broken', ahead of a string of U.K. dates that includes a stop off at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Due for release on 8th July, the new disc is the Seattle act's first in four years, and features a guest appearance from Metallica's James Hetfield.
'Beautiful Broken' is the influential act's sixteenth album and their first on Concord Records. Heart has sold over 35 million records, and the new album finds band leaders Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, but taking some of their favourite “cherry picks” from their catalogue and rerecording and rethinking them.
“There is really a seventies feel to this record both in the sound, and the way we got to the emotional core of each song,” says Nancy. “We picked songs that we always wanted to re-do, plus we’ve added three new tracks. On both new and old, we have the band playing together the way we used to. This is classic Heart.”
Speaking about the decision to re-record tracks like 'City’s Burning', 'Down on Me', and 'Sweet Darlin' Ann says: “Those songs may have fallen through the cracks, in a way, because of where radio was at the time when they were first released. Rediscovering those songs, I found ways they emotionally still speak to me.”
'Beautiful Broken’s title track had been a bonus song off 'Fanatic', Heart’s last album, but this version is essentially an entirely new song with vocals—and even some lyrics—added by Metallica’s James Hetfield. “It blows the previous version out of the water,” says Nancy. “James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent.”
'Beautiful Broken' was co-produced by Nancy Wilson with Heart’s bassist Dan Rothchild, and recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles.
Heart U.K. 2016 Dates:
29 Jun - London, Royal Albert Hall
30 Jun - Manchester, O2 Apollo Theatre
2 Jul - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
3 Jul - Birmingham, Symphony Hall