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Miles Nielsen: Presents the Rusted Hearts

John Bergstrom

Cheap Trick scion gets his twang on.


Miles Nielsen

Presents the Rusted Hearts

Label: Miles Nielsen Inc.
US Release Date: 2012-02-14
UK Release Date: 2011-10-11
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Miles Nielsen's dad Rick is the iconic guitarist for power pop trailblazers Cheap Trick. Though he clearly shares his father's love of the Beatles, the younger Nielsen carves out his own musical identity on this, his second solo project. Presents the Rusted Hearts is full of thoughtful, comfy-cozy roots rock that recalls the good-time vibe of Being There-era Wilco. It's an accomplished if not particularly distinguished set, but Nielsen's warm enthusiasm ultimately wins the day. Is it any wonder that Beatles-meets-Big Star numbers such as "The Grain" and "Overrated" are among the highlights?

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