Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Mixing her oft spoken about love of Led Zeppelin with the Seattle origins of Heart, Ann Wilson has captured the spirit of the hard rocking giants with a taste of the grunge style that came from their home city in this tasty new single.
With a huge and confident riff, ‘The Hammer’ knows exactly what it wants and how to get it, Wilson’s extraordinary voice going from strident power to a seductive tone and back up to full force.
With a brief, heavenly interlude, the guitar work of Tyler Boley stops between destroying city blocks as Dan Walker adds some glorious colour with the organ that accompanies the beautifully sparse gospel backing vocals from Wilson.
It’s a heady mixture and one that marks out this track as the sort of high class, but definitely rocking, material that she has become famous for.
Beneath the gorgeously constructed veneer of this sleek track lies a core of pure power, full of barely controlled fire and authenticity. ‘The Hammer’ hits hard.