Wilson keeps Immortal tracks alive
Ann Wilson is one of rock’s immortal performers, having earned her spot among the greatest vocalists of all-time.
On Immortal, an album of covers, the Heart singer pays tribute to artists who have died or bands who have had a key member pass on.
The result is an exciting, eye-opening look at largely obscure songs by big-name artists.
It kicks off with Lesley Gore’s You Don’t Own Me, which benefits from Wilson’s passionate wailing and subtle phrasing.
Audioslave’s I Am the Highway would feel right at home on most Heart albums, and she plucks Luna from the extensive Tom Petty catalogue instead of one of his more anthemic recordings.
Unfortunately, Wilson abandoned this tactic in covering the Eagles’ Life In the Fast Lane. But the result is so draggy and listless that it literally becomes a parody of itself. (And there are scores of Eagles’ songs she could have picked to honour Glenn Frey, but Don Henley sang this one.)
The true payoff comes on Leonard Cohen’s A Thousand Kisses Deep. Rarely has a song benefited from vocals so silky smooth and sensual, and yet they are only part of this woman’s vast vocal repertoire.
A crunchy cover of Cream’s Politician should keep the headbangers happy, and David Bowie’s I’m Afraid of Americans is just plain fun.
Ann Wilson is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart. Wilson was listed as one of the Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time by Hit Parader magazine in 2006.
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