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  • Summary: After a six-year hiatus, the sisters of arena rock are back with a more acoustic-heavy sound that's still as electrifying as ever.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
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  1. Thirty-four years after the band's debut, Heart's dreamboat sails on.
  2. On Red Velvet Car, producer Ben Mink helps them craft their folkiest tunes since Dog and Butterfly.
  3. Red Velvet Car has something of a meditative mood -- the punchy Townshend power chords are used as color, not fuel -- triggered somewhat by a preponderance of textured, acoustic-laden arrangements and miniature epics, all elements that hearken back to Heart's golden age yet wind up feeling right in line with their vibe in 2010.
  4. Despite some cliched lyrics and cheesy moments (Bootful Of Beer is pretty goofy, the groovy Wheels is straight out of a steamy 80s-rock-chick video), the album--the Wilsons' first in six years--is both tough and tender, and makes a girl like me dive into the YouTube archives to relish the ass-kicking awesomeness that was and still is Heart.
  5. The lyrical focus, along with raw production and eclectic instrumentation (including mandolin, strings and autoharp), give the 10-song set a heat that's honest and personal, but not quite the riveting bearing of souls that Heart is known for.
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    Red Velvet Car finds Heart holding back on the lacquer. [Oct 2010, p.94]
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  1. May 6, 2011
    Heart has been experiencing a renaissance late in their career. Following up the excellent Jupiter's Darling, Heart have turned out another great album. This one is more acoustic than Jupiter's Darling, but it's a heavy, substantial type of acoustic. Stand out tracks include the grooving "There You Go Again", rocker "WTF", the single "Hey You" (#24 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart), the slinky blues-ish ballad "Red Velvet Car" and the startlingly lovely ode to Seattle "Queen City". Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2010
    A return to Little Queen era Heart, and a welcome return it is. Anne's voice is still Led Zepplin ready, though a bit craggier - it is hard to tell because her vocals tend to be mixed low and in the back - which is a damn shame. WTF rocks as do a few other tracks. WTF is a missed opportunity - with a little punch up on the mix board and bit of sheen it could have totally shredded the atmosphere. Nancy's contributions are a little less successful, belonging more to the nineties hippy girl era and a bit out of place here. The fact that her vocals are mixed up front and with a shine only make her tracks feel that much more generic, lacking the character and flex that Anne brings so naturally. The signature ringing guitars adding counter point to the rhythmic chug are right on the mark, as is most of the songwriting. I love that this is only 10 tracks long (some have 13) - it does not over stay its welcome and the length actually invites repeated listening. It's just so nice to have these ladies around. Death Valley chugs along nicely, reminding me a bit of Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde). Wheels, Queen City and Saffronia's Mark also hit the mark, the latter having the best lyrics of the lot. When Anne goes all Alannha Myles on the opening track, There You Go and the title track, it feels fine, if a tiny bit pedestrian. Actually those cuts just make me pine for the rockers like WTF. Still... incredible album. One of the year's best. Great cover, too. Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2010
    The major theme of the album is young love, and the songs depict this theme in each aspect of its being such as, forgiveness, hope, or sorrow. Though their usage of imagery and defining of themes, Heart has successfully defined the reality of a young woman in love, better than any other artist could hope to do. With many of these themes such as frustration â Expand