Following some lean years through the eighties and nineties, Soul legend Solomon Burke made a startling revival with 2002's `Don't Give Up On Me'. Following that sublime effort was gong to be a tough job, and Burke more than rose to the challenge.
Following the template laid down - a spare production that puts Burkes voice centre stage with really strong songwriting from the likes of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, this album again mixes soul with country and blues in Burke's patented unique style. His voice caresses each syllable, and a real gem of a record results.
Along with its predecessor, this is an essential addition to the collection of any music lover.
This is a really hard one. On the one hand it doesn't come anywhere near as close to 2002's Don't Give Up On Me, but on the other hand, how can you expect to? It is extremely well produced and engineered, with wonderful musicianship, great vocals and good material, but something is definitely missing. It doesn't grab me at all. A few of the tracks stick out and shine, but is that just by comparison to the rest? I just got the feeling that Sony (was it?) saw the sucess of the previous CD, dragged him into a top studio, with top musicians and a top producer and threw the baby out with the bath water. Corporate creativity at its mediocre best.