Saturday, July 31, 2010

Boston Herald: Heart's in the Right Place

Heart’s set at Bank of America Pavilion wrapped up with Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be” and The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me.” What do those two songs have in common?

For one thing, they’re both incredibly tough to sing. And Robert Plant and RogerDaltrey, their original singers, seldom brave those high notes anymore. That’s one reason Heart is a cut above many ’70s-vintage bands: Ann Wilson has lost none of her wall-shaking range.

Another reason is that Heart still has class. Led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson (the sole remaining originals), Heart was never just about pile-driving rock. That was the case Wednesday. The new “Red Velvet Car” (the title track from Heart’s forthcoming CD) was a torch ballad that offered friendship in hard personal times with a warmth rare in arena rock.