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CD Review: Ann Wilson

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The Deal: Heart's Ann Wilson's first solo soars.

The Good: It's probably not cool to admit being a fan of Heart. But if you've got one, you can't help be moved by Ann Wilson's tonsils. From a whisper to a scream, Ann was and, from the sound of this, still is one of rock's greatest female vocalists. "Crazy On You," "Magic Man" and " Barracuda" set the standard for generations of the she-who-would-be-rock-goddess-persuasion. She's not rehashing any of her past glories here though. She shows she has as much balls as Robert Plant on "Immigrant Song." Or maybe she just carries hers in a tighter sack to hit those high notes. She's solo on that one, but she pulls in an interesting array of guest stars to help with the others. Her duet with Gretchen Wilson on "Bad Moon Rising" lets the redneck girl take the lead for a country version as raw as a scalded dawg. She takes some of the country out of Wynonna on Eric Burdon and the Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," singing raw rock lead while Wynonna harmonizes. Solo, she does her whisper to a scream thing with chilling effect on John Lennon's "Isolation." Even with scene stealers including Shawn Colvin on "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" and K.D. Lang on "Jackson," Ann Wilson shows she still has her Heart in her throat.

The Bad: You can't tell any of your friends you have an Ann Wilson record.

The Verdict: One of your guilty little secrets that the rest of the world should know about.

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