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Single Review: Beth Hart – ‘Mechanical Heart’

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Beth Hart’s career over the past two decades has been nothing short of prolific. After rising to fame with the release of her 1999 number-one single LA Song (Out Of This Town), the Grammy Award nominated artist has gone on to achieve number one status on the Billboard Blues Chart for two of her subsequent albums, Seesaw and Live In Amsterdam.

Beth Hart Mechanical HeartThese achievements have drawn attention from many other high profile musicians including Jeff Beck, who recruited her as lead vocalist on a recent US tour, and have prompted collaborations with legend guitarist Slash and blues icon Joe Bonamassa.

However, success has not come easy to Beth Hart who lost her sister when she was twenty years of old and has since had to overcome both drug addiction and mental illness. Now on her upcoming album Hart puts those demons behind her.

Due to be released this April, the new album titled Better Than Home is a celebration of all her achievements and sees the singer showing her appreciation for the good things in her life.

Ahead of the album’s release Beth Hart has just released its first single, Mechanical Heart, which is a love song to her road manager come husband Scott Guetzkow.

Set to a piano and string arrangement, Mechanical Heart is a sensitive ballad that emphasises Hart’s exceptional vocals with few distractions.

Following an understated introduction, the track elevates two minutes in, building to a soaring conclusion that further demonstrates her impressive vocal range. At times some of the lyrics are guilty of leaning towards the cliché that is present in so many love songs, however as a whole, Mechanical Heart is a successful demonstration of her considered approach to song writing.

This revealing release appears a promising taste of what’s to come, and is sure to leave fans eager for the upcoming full-length Better Than Home.