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Both the Wilson sisters sound superb and give some really memorable vocal performances for us to enjoy throughout.

Following the extremely disappointing 'Red Velvet Car' album, Heart's latest offering is a real return to form for the band and its song-writing with them sounding fresh and rejuvenated. It's not a perfect album by any means, but a highly enjoyable one regardless, and fans of the Wilson sisters should be happy and find plenty to appreciate here. How much you enjoy this album is highly dependent on what you want from a Heart album; if you're looking for the highly polished eighties commercial era, you're going to be unimpressed, but if you enjoy the band's early material and the Wilson sisters' vocals, regardless of style, then you should to take to 'Beautiful ....'.

The album as a whole has a trippy, ethereal feel, but it's essentially early Heart sounding Classic Rock. It has a fresher sound though, because there are some modern touches and contemporary flourishes added to many of the songs, thus making the album far more current. The opening cut 'Beautiful Broken' probably showcases these modern touches most directly, notably in the vocal harmonies and the heavier grind to the song.

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As a whole, most of the songs are laid-back, and the album is ballad heavy, but I think it works well and makes it really easy to listen to from end to end – it's a great chill out album. They make lots of use of orchestral backing throughout, which not only provides some impressive hooks, but also adds to the strong atmospherics and ethereal nature of the music.

Both the Wilson sisters sound superb and give some really memorable vocal performances for us to enjoy throughout. Ann Wilson has a very potent vocal, and is without doubt one of my favourite vocalists of all time; she has such a stirring way about her delivery, which is showcased again here on this album. One of the major highlights is the title track, which is extremely beautiful and one that has a chorus to instantly fall in love with; it has a little bit of a retro feel to it, which will definitely appeal to fans of early Heart. Other tracks everyone should check out are the low slung Rocker 'City's Burning', the contemporary feeling 'I Jump' and atmospheric ballad 'Two', featuring Nancy Wilson on lead vocals.

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