Heart

7 p.m. Saturday, September 4. The Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.

At last year's Illinois State Fair appearance, Heart proved yet again why it's an unstoppable musical force. Guitarist Nancy Wilson, forever an underappreciated talent, shredded like a metal god — even when playing an acoustic — while sister Ann was a tornadic presence demolishing the high notes on "Crazy On You" and a cover of the Who's "Love, Reign O'er Me." This year's Red Velvet Car, Heart's first studio album in six years and thirteenth full-length overall, is a mellower affair; evocative strings and woodsy acoustic strums substitute for glossy rock excess or bulldozing riffs. But Ann's voice — which is a bit more weathered, like a fine aged wine — suits the smokier numbers. Zeppelin-esque blues and mature power-pop dominate, and dreamy highlight "Sunflower" is a sun-kissed slice of psych pop.

 
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