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    • Premiere: PRIDES - 'Little Danger' (Piano Session) July 6, 2015
      Check it out now...It's almost here. PRIDES are due to release their debut album 'The Way Up' on July 10th, following some scorching live shows and engrossing singles. Crisp, stylish synth-pop with huge choruses, PRIDES are trailing the album with a piano session of 'Little Danger'. Annie Mac is a fan, and gave the track its first sp […]
    • Premiere: MAUI - 'Kiss Chase' July 6, 2015
      Check it out now...MAUI have a near legendary status in some quarters. Singer Harry 'Larry Sezzler' Edwards was recently banned from every club in his native Kingston, and toasted the lifting of the ban with a feral after-hours party at New Slang. Working with producer Margo (Fat Whites, Telegram), the band have moved into a permanent studio space […]
    • Premiere: Jet Trash - 'Blood Moon' July 6, 2015
      Bay Area garage rock with a nostalgic twist...Jet Trash hail from San Francisco, an area perhaps best known for its golden generation / flower children vibes. Sure, Jet Trash nod towards that period but there's something deliciously evil, ever-so-slightly dark about the band's sound. Working with Burger Records and receiving no small degree of accl […]
    • Premiere: Tom Williams - 'She's Everything' July 6, 2015
      From new mini-album 'New Guitar'Tom Williams is perhaps best known as a singer, as a songwriter. But recent mini-album 'New Guitar' flips this on its head. A stark solo piece written over a two year period, it extensively features the instrument which gave the record its title. After this, footage was shot aiming to build a world around t […]
    • Photo Gallery: Raleigh Ritchie Heads To Wireless July 6, 2015
      Check these behind the scenes snaps...So that was Wireless. The event returned to Finsbury Park at the weekend, with thousands of fans descending upon North London. Drake brought out Skepta, Stormzy brought out Dizzee Rascal and everyone, it seems, has a bloody good time. Raleigh Ritchie was at the event, both performing and hanging out in the sunshine. Clas […]
    • Listen: PiL Share New Single 'Double Trouble' July 6, 2015
      Check it out now...Public Image Limited remain an inspiring creative force. New album 'What The World Needs Now...' arrives on September 4th, with lead single 'Double Trouble' arriving online now. Due to be given a full release on August 21st, it's a terrific return that John Lydon explains was initially sparked by a row with his wif […]
    • Premiere: Sofie Letitre - 'Bare' July 6, 2015
      Dutch singer-songwriter...Sofie Letitre is difficult to pin down. A songwriter in the classical sense, her choice of collaborators pushes her sound into vastly different areas. Working alongside Thijs de Vlieger (one third of the bass & glitch trio Noisia) and erstwhile band colleague Ferdy van der Singel, sessions have spawned a new EP. 'Bare' […]
    • The Dead Weather Announce New Album 'Dodge & Burn' July 6, 2015
      Released through the Vault service...The Dead Weather surprised fans by releasing a one off single through Jack White's the Vault service in 2013. Vowing to release a second full length album, it seems that the band are set to remain true to their promise. New album 'Dodge & Burn' will be released in September, with the standard - worldwid […]
    • GOAT - 'It's Time For Fun' July 6, 2015
      Spectacular new clip...GOAT are a continually creative force. Returning with their second album later year, the band retreated to their native Swedish village Korpilombolo to focus on fresh material. New single 'It's Time For Fun' is the result. Recorded in New York, hints of their famed psychedelic onslaught remain but there's a sparse, […]
    • Their Library: Frank Turner July 6, 2015
      Literary influences explored...The past ten years have completely changed Frank Turner's life. Turning solo, the singer sought out his folk roots, delivering album after album of anthemic songwriting which seemed to cut through to an enormously broad audience. New album 'Positive Songs For Negative People' will be released this August, a recor […]
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    • 7/6: SIRIUSXM SHOW TONIGHT, COREY TAYLOR, MIKE & MAX PORTNOY July 6, 2015
      Hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July. Live show tonight 6-10P ET on SiriusXM 39 TRUNKNation. In studio guests include Corey Taylor (around 9:15) and Mike Portnoy and his son Max. Max has a new band called Next To None. They will be in around 8. We will also take your calls, […]
    • DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW GUITARIST RITCHIE BLACKMORE SAYS HE IS CONSIDERING A BRIEF RETURN TO ROCK July 6, 2015
      Nearly two decades after a switch to medieval music, former Deep Purple and Rainbow co-founder Ritchie Blackmore says he might play rock again – but not for long. “Just for a few days, next June,” Blackmore reveals, in a new interview with the French newspaper Le Parisien.. “But for now, I’m not decided on the […]
    • JUDAS PRIEST ICONIC FRONTMAN ROB HALFORD SAYS THE BAND WILL START RECORDING NEXT YEAR July 6, 2015
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    • WHEN HE FIRST HEARD IT, OZZY OSBOURNE REPORTEDLY HATED THE MIX OF “DIARY OF A MADMAN” July 6, 2015
      According to bassist Rudy Sarzo, Ozzy Osbourne thought the mix of his classic album Diary Of A Madman was “crap.” The band were on the tour bus when the final mix of the singer’s second solo album was handed to the him in 1981, and according to Sarzo, Ozzy’s face was a picture when he […]
    • GUITARIST ULI JON ROTH SAYS HE HAS WRITTEN A NEW ALBUM, BUT HAS NOT RECORDED IT YET July 6, 2015
      Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Highlights from the interview appear below. BraveWords: Is it true you already have original material written for your next solo release? Uli Jon Roth: I have written a new album, but I have not yet recorded it. That’s what I’m in the process of organizing […]
    • 7/3: SHEEHAN PODCAST, MERCH SALE NOW, DENVER NEXT WEEKEND, COREY TAYLOR, MORE July 4, 2015
      To all my American visitors have a Happy 4th of July! My FM/syndicated show features and all American hard rock and metal special. Debuts tonight 11P ET on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston. Both stations stream free also. Full list of all stations airing this weekend under Live & On The Air on this site. […]
    • IRON MAIDEN SINGER BRUCE DICKINSON DISCUSSES HIS CANCER BATTLE AND SAYS HE HAS BEEN “VERY FORTUNATE” July 4, 2015
      While receiving the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award for Outstanding Contribution to U.K. Music, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson took time out to give an update on his recovery from cancer. He said that he’s been “very fortunate” and has had a “really good bounce-back.” Dickinson told the BBC that he had two tumors. […]
    • SLAYER DRUMMER PAUL BOSTAPH ON LATE GUITARIST JEFF HANNEMAN, “I REALLY LOVED THE DUDE” July 3, 2015
      Gary Graff of Billboard reports: Joining Slayer for a second time has been a different kind of reign for drummer Paul Bostaph. When Bostaph first replaced founding drummer Dave Lombardo in 1992, the group had completed its first decade and released its first five albums. “It was very intimidating,” Bostaph tells Billboard. But there was […]
    • AEROSMITH BASSIST TOM HAMILTON DISCUSSES “TOYS IN THE ATTIC,” HIS HEALTH AND VISUAL ART July 2, 2015
      Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton. Portions of the interview appear below. Long Island Pulse: Forty years later, how do you view Toys in the Attic? Tom Hamilton: That one was really a moment of inspiration for us. Our second album, Get Your Wings, we were under a […]
    • SOME INTERESTING FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT RUSH July 2, 2015
      Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone reports: For years, Rush had an uneasy relationship with an oft-skeptical rock press. So fans got to know the band members’ diverse personalities largely from live shows, tour books, videos and drummer Neil Peart’s own prose. But as the band proved this month in their first-ever Rolling Stone cover story, […]
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Best Albums of 2012: Ruthie Foster ‘Let it Burn’

Posted by falconi5 on May 7, 2012


Ruthie Foster – Let it Burn (Rating 4.5 out of 5)

One of the gospel-blues scene’s best-kept secrets for over a decade, Texan singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster finally achieved some long-overdue mainstream recognition when her 2009 sixth studio effort, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, picked up a Grammy nomination. By putting down the guitar and concentrating entirely on her vocals for the first time in her career, her follow-up, Let It Burn, suggests she means business. It’s a wise move, as her impassioned, soulful tones have always been her main selling point, and backed by an impressive array of musicians, including the Meters’ rhythm section and legendary gospel act the Blind Boys of Alabama, they’re allowed the freedom to showcase their versatility, whether it’s channeling the velvety smoothness of Anita Baker on the atmospheric blues of John Martyn’s “Don’t Want to Know,” matching the power of Aretha Franklin on the a cappella rendition of early 20th century folk standard “The Titanic,” or echoing the spiritual leanings of Carleen Anderson on the harmony-driven opener “Welcome Home.” Alongside the groove-laden old-school R&B of “Aim for the Heart” and the pure gospel of “Lord Remember Me,” the latter is the only original composition, but John Chelew’s inspired production ensures there’s still plenty of invention elsewhere. Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” is rendered almost unrecognizable thanks to a gorgeously shimmering and reverb-laden arrangement, Pete Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer” is transformed into an authentic slice of New Orleans jazz, while Ike Stubblefield’s rich organ riffs lend a hymnal quality to the likes of the Band’s “It Makes No Difference” and the William Bell duet “You Don’t Miss Your Water.” Effortlessly classy covers of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and the Black Keys’ “Everlasting Light” show she isn’t averse to more contemporary fare. But whichever era Foster picks and chooses from, Let It Burn always feels utterly timeless.

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