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Don't Give Up on Me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get the throne ready

    The ¿King of Rock & Soul¿ ascends his throne in all his glory with this tremendously refreshing comeback album. It¿s refreshing in every sense of the word. It¿s sound is refreshing and intimate. It¿s refreshing that a soul album on a soul artist, legendary or not, (But in particular a legendary one) is just that, soulful. Recorded live in the studio with a great cast of musicians, this album should bring deserved attention to the small Fat Possum record label in Oxford, MS. The songs on this album were all proudly contributed to Burke by some of the most respected people in the business. Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Brian Wilson are just the most famous of the lot. Morrison¿s songs are two of the better ones on the album, particularly ¿Fast Train¿. Both have Morrison written all over them, and in fact, he¿s using them on his upcoming outing. Like Morrison, Waits¿s, Wilson¿s, and Costello¿s songs are also instantly recognizable as theirs. Bob Dylan submits what is probably the most generic song on the album. Another highlight is the Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Brenda Russell written ¿None Of Us Are Free¿. The two aforementioned titles, as well as the rest of the album, are graced by a superlative organ player in Rudy Copeland. Copeland, who is blind, is the organist at the church where Burke pastors. The title cut is written by songwriting cohorts Dan Penn and Carson Whitsett, along with Hoy Lindsey. Penn wanted to write an Otis Redding type ballad and had wanted to use the title ¿Don¿t Give Up On Me¿. Whitsett sat down and started laying down Otis like chord changes and the result, in my opinion, is a song that sounds like a classic `60s country soul hit. Copeland¿s playful interplay with Burke is uniquely splendid. To say Burke sounds great would be an understatement. His voice is smooth and strong. The Joe Henry produced ensemble deliver a package that should be titled ¿Don¿t Give Up On Music.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now this is R&B

    If you've been listening to the radio lately you'd be almost right if you believed that R&B is dead. Solomon Burke, one of the greatest princes of R&B proves that is wrong. This album has power, and soul and you'll put it right up there with your Temptations, Gladys Knight and Otis Redding CDs. Too bad anemic, souless Hip Hop is ruling the airways right now because every sing cut on this album belongs on the radio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great voice, shame about the material

    I really wanted to like this album. Fat Possum has been touting it for weeks now, and it's getting great critical reviews (that is, reviews from professional critics), so I expected a lot. That just makes it all the more disappointing. What I hear is a great singer, in fine voice, working his butt off to try to make something out of mediocre material. Just about everything else about this album is well done: tasteful, albeit sparse, arrangements; a great live feeling; great production work, etc. But only a couple of the tunes here deserve it. Dylan's contribution, ''Stepchild'' works well, as does Brian Wilson's ''Soul Searchin''' and to a lesser extent, Nick Lowe's ''The Other Side of the Coin.'' The best thing I can think to say about this is that it might sell enough to convince someone to let Solomon Burke do another album, because he's capable of so much better.

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