Miles Nielson “Presents The Rusted Hearts”
Children of the talented don’t generally have too much of a track record, and always struggle to escape from their parents shadow. Miles Neilson, son of Cheap Trick’s Rick, treads something of a middle path on his second album.
He’s definitely inherited his father’s pop sensibility; “The Grain” is a minor powerpop classic and there are hooks and riffs scattered about with gay abandon everywhere much to the ears delight. He ventures out from the parental style too though. “Dear Kentucky” could be Ryan Adams in his heyday and ”The Crown (reprise)” is a beautifully delicate ache of a song that explodes into a mighty finishing crescendo.
But it’s proper pop that dominates the album. There are nods to the Beatles, and even ELO on the enjoyable spooky into to “Maria” before it drifts into a sax led Twenties croon with a plaintive chorus to die for as does “Sirens”. The five piece Rusted Hearts are a great band too, playing like the simpatico veterans they are and the end result is a superb match of pop and Americana that’s unlike anything else out there.