The first track I came across from Heavy Metal was “Tongue Tied”, which somewhat resembles 80’s British alternative rock. I played it for my mom in the kitchen while she was cooking dinner one night, and as she ran back and forth between her nearly-finished dishes, she asked, “Isn’t this older?” The news that Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Heart’s album had dropped in the same year came as a slight shock, which is understandable considering the band’s more genuine music, heavily influenced by classic rock. The main vocals are relaxed, with background voices occasionally chirping in to add clean layers of harmony. Miles Nielson and the Rusted hearts have constructed an album with a stripped-down sound, free from any filler noises or pseudo-deep lyrics.
Nielsen lived his post-divorce life on the road with his band, engaging in musical therapy. Rather than bearing all to any counselors or psychologists, he put in in his music – the tumultuous nature of human relationships once again spinning straw into gold for a brokenhearted member of the music industry. The band’s music seems to present an overall a sunny outlook on life with this album placing a slight emphasis on the overcast moments. This album is great for anyone with a gently used heart, happy heart, or just a beating heart.