Heart’s Wilson sisters
know that hits are fleeting and that success is
by continued musical integrity. Being bona fide rock stars seems
irrelevant to them as they continue to
push the boundaries of their decades-long
partnership on Fanatic, declaring “This is
our story as it is now.”
Ann and Nancy take a bold, creative
headlong dive into studio exploration:
hints of electronica, hard rock and folk
intertwine through a barrage of drum
loops, speaker-rattling overdriven guitars
and two angelic voices. Ann’s pipes still
bellow with pure audacity; look no further
than the war-ravaged soldier’s declaration “Dear Old America,” where Ann
proclaims, “We don’t beg and we don’t
run,” with a hopeful weight on her tongue.
Long gone are the ’80s power ballads,
making way for the organic, acoustic-
based grooves that define tracks like “Skin
and Bones.” “Million Miles,” in its synth-
programmed atmosphere, echoes U2 in
the lush use of delay and percussive effect.
The songwriting is superior throughout,
with all tracks written by the Wilsons and
produced by Grammy-winner Ben Mink.
A spirit of musical restlessness drives
this new album. The Wilsons refuse to succumb to classic rock caricature; Fanatic
shows them successfully reinventing
themselves for a new era of rock ‘n’ roll expression.