GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Heart
GRAMMY-nominated rock band Heart, led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, are set to release Fanatic, their 14th studio album on Oct. 2. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the poetic ballad "Pennsylvania."
"We always joke around that we are warriors for love," says Nancy Wilson. "We are the peace core and guitars and dreams are our lethal weapons. We say yes to inspiration. Say yes to the impossible impractical thing. We say yes to love. We go out in the trenches and fields with our weapons and shoot."
Heart took the '70s by storm with hits such as "Crazy On You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Dog & Butterfly," and "Straight On." The group followed with hits throughout the '80s and into the '90s with songs such as "These Dreams," "What About Love?," "Never," "Alone," and "Stranded." The former three songs are featured on 1985's Heart, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Fanatic was produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer Ben Mink, who helmed Heart's last studio album, 2010's Red Velvet Car. Across 10 tracks, Fanatic weaves delicate acoustic nuances with crackling distorted guitars and driving drum beats. "Million Miles" combines ambitious progressive rock elements and mandolin textures, the thundering "Mashallah" showcases the powerful vocals of Ann Wilson and "Dear Old America" blends rollicking guitars with poignant lyrics about soldiers returning home from war. The album also contains "Walkin' Good," a quiet folk-based number sung by Nancy Wilson and featuring additional vocals by GRAMMY winner Sarah McLachlan.
In addition to Fanatic, the Wilson sisters recently released their highly anticipated memoir, Kicking & Dreaming: A Story Of Heart, Soul, And Rock & Roll, which they penned in conjunction with noted Seattle-based author and GRAMMY.com contributor Charles R. Cross. In June Heart released Strange Euphoria, a four-disc career-spanning box set that was personally curated by Ann and Nancy Wilson. Heart are currently on tour throughout the United States, with select dates scheduled through November.