Heart - Jupiters Darling
I've mentioned this album before, but it's worth bringing up again. When it was released, it was easily the best thing they'd done since their heyday in the 1970s. Definitely a return to form.
The whole album is available on YouTube, here: https://youtu.be/kCMEDQUvDBU
The opening track "Make Me" is incredibly good, and for some reason I'm especially fond of the noisy bit of weirdness "I'm Fine", which features Nancy on lead vocals and Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam) as guest guitarist. (Direct bookmark to "I'm Fine": https://youtu.be/kCMEDQUvDBU?t=2794
The album has a great mix of ballsy rockers and mellow ballads. Nearly all of the songs are written by the Wilson sisters and guitarist Craig Bartock (unlike in the '80s when they relied more on outside songwriters). Nancy also gets a larger share of lead vocals -- nearly a third of the songs! -- on this album. Not that there's anything wrong with Ann's voice (far from it), but I really do love Nancy's voice too, even if she doesn't have Ann's power.
They've continued to release albums sporadically since then -- Red Velvet Car
in 2010, Fanatic
in 2012, and Beautiful Broken
(a mix of new material and reworked versions of a handful of older "deep cuts") in 2016.
The years just pass like trains. I wave, but they don't slow down.
-- Steven Wilson