RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Ann Wilson – The Ann Wilson Thing! - #1
Rounder Records

Rating: B

Ann Wilson, one of the most iconic voices in rock ‘n’ roll history, is back with a solo EP that sees the talented singer belting out tunes that inspired her as a vocalist, as well as a new track written by Ann titled, “Fool No More.”

The four-song EP can only be described as one of the best voices ever cranking up some killer tunes with pure passion!  Ann takes on the classic Buffalo Springfield tune “For What It’s Worth” and adds her own spin to the classic song.  She takes the classic protest tune and mixes it with a catchy drum beat and electric guitar.  The result is a reinterpretation that causes one to listen closely—which was the ultimate goal of this tune in the first place!

“Fool No More” is a bluesy song written by Ann that features heartfelt lyrics and a soulful sound.  “Ain’t No Way” sees Wilson taking on Aretha Franklin!  The song has a Janis Joplin feel to it and is a one hell of a good tune!  “Danger Zone” is the fourth song on the EP, most famous for being performed by Ray Charles.  Ann does the song justice and her bluesy voice brings the emotion out of the lyrics.

At the end of the day this is not Heart, nor is it meant to be.  It is an Ann Wilson thing! Which is simply a vocalist stretching out, having fun and taking on different styles of music with passion.

Ann is an exquisite talent who continues to impress every time she lets her voice be heard! 

Look for The Ann Wilson Thing! on the road this fall.

The Ann Wilson Thing Tour Dates:
Oct 9 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
Oct 10 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head on Stage
Oct 12 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
Oct 13 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
Oct 15 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Nov 23 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
Nov 24 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s (two shows)

By Jeb Wright