Heart is gaining raves from fans and critics alike for its latest album, Beautiful Broken. The album — which is Heart’s 16th studio set — finds sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson revisiting select hidden gems from their back catalogue along with new material. Beautiful Broken was produced by Nancy Wilson and Heart bassist Dan Rothchild. The set’s title track originally served as a bonus cut to 2012’s Fanatic collection, but now features Metallica’s James Hetfield on joint vocals, along with contributing new lyrics. Other highlights include revamps of two 1980 Bebe le Strange tunes — “Sweet Darlin'” and “Down On Me.”
Honorable mention goes to the contribution of legendary orchestrator Paul Buckmaster, best known for his classic early-’70s Elton John string arrangements.
Ann Wilson explained that she feels the album succeeds on several levels: “The older tracks that we re-recorded, it was a great thing. It was sort of, like, closure on those songs, because when they were originally done, we probably weren’t in our right (laughs) minds. I know, I speak for myself. I was doing a lot of partying in those days. I don’t think the original versions had my best self on ’em. So, for me it was really great, you get to come back and readdress. And the other songs that came up, like ‘Heaven,’ ‘I Jump,’ ‘Beautiful Broken’; the newer things make the album a real album — rather than just a re-record.”