Heart's Ann Wilson tells a Minnesota TV station that the band's new studio effort, Fanatic, will be released on October 2. The powerhouse singer has now revealed more details about the forthcoming album to Billboard.
Wilson says 20 songs were recorded for the project, and expects half of them to make it onto the Fanatic track list. She describes the album's sound as "pretty rock heavy," adding, "There are only two ballads on it. It's got a lot of edge."
Ann explains that a lot of the ideas for Fanatic's tunes came to her while she was traveling on her tour bus "way out in the middle of the country where the poetry speaks really loud." She says one of the songs is about Pennsylvania and another focuses on her hometown of Vancouver, Canada.
"It's a fiery bunch of words," she adds about lyrics on the record. "There's anger. There's passion. That's why it's called Fanatic, because it's love fanatic."
The collection will feature a guest appearance by Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, on a song titled "Walking Good."
Meanwhile, Heart also has just put out its first career-spanning box set, Strange Euphoria, which was released Tuesday. Ann says compiling multi-disc package was "fun, but it was a lot of work."
She notes that the project took longer than she expected, explaining, "There's so much stuff, and you have to weed through it and find stuff that's meaningful -- not just rare but actually cool rare."
Ann and her sibling band mate, Nancy Wilson, also have written a memoir that's scheduled to be published in the fall. The singer says that the book is "a rock story" will cover the highs and lows of Heart's amazing career. She adds, "It's also a women's story of women coming into a business without any rules to protect them or help them understand how to proceed."
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