I was so pleased to hear a few months a go that Anne had plans to release this album, her first solo project since her days as a long serving and a pivotal member of The Nolans. Genuinely, never expecting this wide release, I thought it might be a project only available on her website, but fantastic to see this wide medium release.
Like a lot of Nolans fans I have been able to enjoy the download for a couple of weeks prior to this main CD release and what a treat it is to hear some fantastic recordings from this recognisable Nolans voice - albeit sadly - Just the One !
JUST ONE VOICE seems (to me) like an autobiographical project, opening with Songbird almost representing Anne as the solo vocalist and if you just linked the titles together they follow Anne's life since the 2000's where she bravely battled Cancer and personal tragedies... I'd love you to want me, Just when I needed you most (to certain people in her life) Closest thing to Crazy, he's out of my life (crazy times and low moments with a `he') Smile (because that's sometimes all you can do) .. and so on! So you could read into this more as you sit back, relax and listen to the well executed tracks.
High moments for me include, Now and Forever which is just such a beautiful song and lyrics so perfect... `'We are the lucky ones ...Some people never get to do all we got to do..... `' and the second track I'd love you to want me, has a strong country feel to it as has the perfect arrangement of Danny Boy. Maybe, Anne's next project should be a country album!
Anne does have a wide range of vocal talent. Her voice excels on what seems an odd choice of Nessum Dorma, but it fits so perfectly into the musical choices and towards close of the project.
Having listened to some of Anne's fantastic recent tv and radio interviews, she appears to be really looking forward and moving on from the series of unfortunate life events and to a great future... so more than anything else it's what this album represents, the final chapter in the `present' (there's a great future for Anne ahead) story of a most sincere lady and a true survivor of the wonderful Nolans.