Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson is venturing solo yet again, this time the singer/songwriter is releasing her very first EP called The Ann Wilson Thing, a collection of songs that ventures from her group Heart’s sound to give listeners an all new Ann Wilson experience.
After spending years as a front woman it would be hard for Wilson to stand alone, but The Ann Wilson Thing proves that point wrong. That familiar voice carries you through opening track For What It’s Worth, and an ageless voice it is as Wilson’s vocals seem timeless. You can definitely hear blues’ influence in the earthy Fool No More, the star’s attitude hasn’t strayed from her lips.
Fans will either be excited or disappointed that Ain’t No Way has been included as a live recording, you can hear Ann’s soulful voice at full throttle, but you may be a little let down that the track wasn’t given the special studio treatment. Closing track Danger Zone doesn’t need a full band to back it up, but it would have been better if the vocal wasn’t hiding behind effects.
Ann Wilson has proven that she can step away from Heart and create something unique, she still has the voice for it so there isn’t really a reason why the world shouldn’t keep recognising her talent. The Ann Wilson Thing could have been longer as you yearn for that one extra song or so, but it was a decent release overall.