Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rock Review: The Ann Wilson Thing-#2

Release Date: August 12, 2016
Label: Rounder Records
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One of the most beloved performers in music is Ann Wilson, renowned for her legendary work as the vocalist with Heart and her highly acclaimed solo work. Yes, Ms. Wilson is rock royalty.

The Ann Wilson thing is one of her projects and now she has released #2 of her covers of classic rock songs and originals.

Having old friend and Heart guitarist Craig Bartock along for the ride gives the singer an immediate comfort zone. Wilson finds plenty of familiarity with her choice of tracks and we cannot forget she was part of band in the 70s onward that contributed some of their own slices of classic rock like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” to name just a few.

The two originals are “Fighten Fer Life” and “Anguish,” which she collaborated with Bartock on.
The opener is the Hendrix all time classic “Manic Depression.” This is a song covered by numerous artists and emulated throughout the history of recorded music. Ann does a terrific job with the song and as to be expected she totally owns it and the instrumentation is exceptional per usual.

“Don t Give Up” was featured track on our Rate The Tracks site. The Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush track still rings true to this day and the talented Wilson covers both parts like the accomplished pro she is. The timbre of the song is mellow and thoughtful as the vocalist accentuates every word to make sure it hits home. Her voice is still poignant after all these years. She is one of those performers that has not lost a step and that is a tribute to her dedication to the craft.

People tend to have higher expectations for established stars like Ann Wilson and without fail she never disappoints. 

The curtain closer is the original “Anguish.” The track starts off with twangy slide guitar made for the blues then Wilson’s voice joins in with as much vitality and color as the guitar musters. She still hits those high notes with ease. Even though I love “Manic Depression” and the way it was presented this one is so killer you wish it would just keep going.

Everything is here for the folks that appreciate Ann Wilson, Heart and any of her solo projects. What can I say the lady is one of the best ever and with music like this it’s hard to argue that she still isn’t on top. #2 is great EP.

5/5 Stars

Key Track: Anguish

Tracks:
1. Manic Depression
2. Fighten Fer Life
3. Don t Give Up
4. Anguish

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
August 28, 2016

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