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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Luka Bloom has a well-deserved reputation as one of Ireland's most gifted singer/songwriters, but he has also ranked among the most gifted cover artists in contemporary music. Bloom's independently released fifth album, Keeper of the Flame, is the first to focus exclusively on the singer's remarkable interpretive skills. Bloom's covers avoid the treacherous pitfalls of unimaginative imitation on one side and obnoxious desecration on the other. He also demonstrates the impressive breadth of his musical tastes. Among the featured songwriters are folk giants Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, rock supergroups U2, Radiohead, and the Cure, reggae king Bob Marley, and even ABBA. Despite...
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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Luka Bloom has a well-deserved reputation as one of Ireland's most gifted singer/songwriters, but he has also ranked among the most gifted cover artists in contemporary music. Bloom's independently released fifth album, Keeper of the Flame, is the first to focus exclusively on the singer's remarkable interpretive skills. Bloom's covers avoid the treacherous pitfalls of unimaginative imitation on one side and obnoxious desecration on the other. He also demonstrates the impressive breadth of his musical tastes. Among the featured songwriters are folk giants Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, rock supergroups U2, Radiohead, and the Cure, reggae king Bob Marley, and even ABBA. Despite the fact that many of these songs were written by artists whose outlooks tend to be considerably darker than Bloom's, Keeper of the Flame is every bit as optimistic, mellow, and romantic as the singer's self-penned efforts. In some cases, this can be attributed to the song selection; "In Between Days" has to be one of the cheeriest songs Robert Smith has ever written, and "Make You Feel My Love" is so gentle and direct that it's almost hard to believe it was composed by Dylan and not Bloom. Radiohead's "No Surprises" is the only track that seems awkward in these benevolent surroundings. Thom Yorke's gorgeous melody works well in the stripped-down arrangement, but Bloom's sincere reading extracts nearly all of the song's acidic undertones. Nevertheless, it is the earnest warmth of Bloom's vocals gracefully backed with light Celtic instrumentation that holds this collection together so beautifully. The Australian edition of Keeper of the Flame includes a bonus disc with five live tracks -- a significant addition since it represents the first officially sanctioned concert release by an artist with a reputation for brilliant live performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • UPC: 032862011924
  • Catalog Number: 119

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Make You Feel My Love (2:49)
  2. 2 In Between Days (1:51)
  3. 3 Throw Your Arms Around Me (3:38)
  4. 4 Bad (5:28)
  5. 5 Keeper Of The Flame (3:09)
  6. 6 Urge for Going (5:02)
  7. 7 No Suprises (3:02)
  8. 8 Wishing on a Star (2:27)
  9. 9 Golden Feather (4:20)
  10. 10 Natural Mystic (2:28)
  11. 11 If I Were a Carpenter (3:17)
  12. 12 Dancing Queen (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luka Bloom Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Mandola
Christy Moore Bodhran
Nollaig Casey Fiddle
Trevor Hutchinson Double Bass
Máirtín O'Connor Accordion
Conor Byrne Flute
Technical Credits
Luka Bloom Producer
Benny Andersson Composer
John Archer Composer
Doug Falconer Composer
Jack Howard Composer
Brian Masterson Producer
Máirtín O'Connor Engineer
Mark Seymour Composer
Jeremy Smith Composer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer
Michael Waters Composer
Martin Wright Art Direction
Luke Wright Art Direction
Robert Miles Composer
Stig Anderson Composer
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