Daytrotter a Day #21: Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts (Released 02.15.12)
Miles Nielsen is the son of Cheap Trick guitarist, Rick Nielsen, although you'd never know it by listening. In fact, I didn't know it until I googled him after the session. "Dear Kentucky (You're Killing Me)" is a melodic slice of Americana topped off with a scoop of clarinet. "Sirens" is clearly influenced by Sgt. Pepper's-era Beatles, but that's never been a bad thing. Nielsen and band make radio-friendly roots music that could stand to be a bit grittier, but it's difficult to combine the theatricality of late-'60s Beatles music with mid-'90s alt-country, and not favor a side. The session's only misstep is a cover of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," where Miles reaches into his highest octave, but never touches the emotion of Neil's original. Vinyl enthusiasts can buy Miles' latest LP for only $10 (plus shipping) today in conjunction with Record Store Day.
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