Ann Wil­son

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - James McNair

★★★ Im­mor­tal BMG. CD/DL/LP Heart voice solo on trib­ute to rock and pop’s fallen.

With Heart cur­rently bro­ken af­ter a sis­terly ruck and Nancy Wil­son play­ing in Road­house Royale along­side for­mer Prince as­so­ciate Liv Warfield, Ann Wil­son here re­unites with orig­i­nal Heart pro­ducer Mike Flicker for a be­lated solo fol­low-up to 2007’s Hope & Glory. At 68, Wil­son’s for­mi­da­ble so­prano has re­tained its majesty, but her eclec­tic nod to late stars in­clud­ing Tom Petty, Amy Wine­house and Ge­orge Michael is only partly suc­cess­ful. While Wil­son shines on Bowie’s I’m Afraid Of Amer­i­cans and owns the old fem­i­nist an­them You Don’t Own Me, it’s a brave cover of Gerry Raf­ferty’s Baker Street that side­steps its sig­na­ture sax hook. Neat, though, that a take on Leonard Co­hen’s A Thou­sand Kisses Deep be­gins with some­one louchely in­ton­ing, “Evening Miss Wil­son. As al­ways, it’s a plea­sure to see you.”

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