★★★ 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.”