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Ann Wilson - Hope & Glory

Hope & Glory

Ann Wilson

Zoë 01143 1085 2

Available from Rounder Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

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It's extremely hard to believe, when you consider all the solo detritus from her peers that has hopefully been recycled for greater humanitarian service than the pursuit of dollars and vanity that this is Ann Wilson's first solo outing, but it is. And it's worth your listening. Produced by the adventurous minded, multi-instrumentalist Ben Mink (k.d lang, Feist, Barenaked Ladies) this uneven, though dynamic, cover song cycle finds Wilson in fine, full, passionate voice, giving thought to matters of war and the subsequent fallout not tallied in body counts, but by the misery, poverty, and paranoia it induces in the individual.

With all that schizophrenia swirling in the air, we start from the nightmare ambience of Pink Floyd's Goodbye Blue Sky (with sister Nancy harmonizing and playing guitar), and move to Wilson exploding with Elton John on the propulsive Where To Now St. Peter. A strong rendering of Lucinda Williams' Jackson (with kd lang) follows, but I don't know why exactly. Nor do I understand the Wynonna duet on We Gotta Get Out Of This Place; the misplaced and ill-advised triteness of CCR's Bad Moon Rising; and the almost embarrassing, karaoke of Zeppelin's Immigrant Song. I mean wasn't Heart Zep's little sister? Did you ever see them do Whole Lotta Love in concert? I did.

But then two Youngbloods songs, the foreboding Darkness Darkness (again with Nancy) and the global hymn 'Get Together' refocus 'Hope And Glory' and you can hear why H&G surpasses the usual covers collection. Add a gripping, spot on take of Lennon's Isolation as it bolsters an effective, if at times melodramatic (thanks to Rufus Wainwright's annoying presence) A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall and the compelling evidence begins to add up.

Track List:

  • Goodbye Blue Sky (Roger Waters) featuring Ann Wilson
  • Where To Now St. Peter (Elton Johy) duet with Elton John
  • Jackson (Lucinda Williams) duet with k.d. lang
  • We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (Barry Mann & Cynthis Well) duet with Wynonna
  • Immigrant Song (Jimmy Page & Robert Plant)
  • Darkness Darkness (Jesse Colin Young) featuring Ann Wilson
  • Bad Moon Rising (John Fogerty) duet with Gretchen Wilson
  • War Of Man (Neil Young) featuring Alison Krauss
  • Get Together (Chester Powers, Jr.) featuring Nancy Wilson, Wynonna & Deana Carter
  • Isolation (John Lennon)
  • A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan) featuring Shawn Colvin & Rufus Wainwright
  • Little Problems Little Lies (Ann Wilson & Ben Mink)
Produced by Ben Mink.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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