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    • Listen: Weird Dreams - “The Ladder”
      Weird Dreams is the London-based project of Doran Edwards. He put out a great debut album, Choreography, back in 2012, for which we did a Pleased to Meet You feature and had him play an event we hosted at the Great Escape festival in Brighton, England.
    • Listen: Ra Ra Riot - “Foreign Lovers”
      Brooklyn's Ra Ra Riot are releasing their new album, Need Your Light, the band's fourth album and the follow-up to 2013's Beta Love, on February 19 via Barsuk. We've already heard the album's first single, "Water," which featured Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. Now here's another song from the record, "F […]
    • 2015 Artist Survey: Youth Lagoon
      For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers fro […]
    • First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His—and the Nation’s—Prosperity
      With First Entrepreneur, historian Edward G. Lengel presents George Washington as an entrepreneur who strategically built both his own personal and familial wealth and the economy of a burgeoning nation.  
    • PJ Harvey, Julia Holter, and Lush and to Play Iceland Airwaves 2016
      Iceland Airwaves has announced the initial lineup for their 2016 event. 
    • 2015 Artist Survey: Doldrums
      For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers fro […]
    • Watch: U.S. Girls - “Navy & Cream” Video
      U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) released her latest album, Half Free, on 4AD last year. Now she's shared a video for "Navy & Cream." Emily Pelstring directed the distorted and hypnotic clip, the blue tinted video features somewhat slow motion images of Remy mixed with basic animation.
    • Lower Dens’ Tour Van and Gear Stolen in San Antonio
      Lower Dens' tour van, containing all their gear, was stolen in San Antonio, Texas yesterday. The band took to Twitter to ask for help in tracking down the van and the thieves. It's a dark blue Ford Econoline 350 with the Maryland license plate 5CF854. In the tweets below there's a photo of the van.
    • The Shins Hint at New Music
      The Shins have posted to their Instragram account what appears to be a snippet of a new song, hinting that there's a new single or album in the works. They've also posted some in-the-studio photos (such as the one used on this page). If it is a new album, it will be the follow-up to 2012's Port of Morrow. Listen below.
    • The Psychedelic Swamp
      When a band dusts off an unreleased collection of music for a new album, there's often two thoughts that can come to mind. First, there's excitement to hear these long-lost (or hard to find) songs and discover yet another side of the band. The other, however, is skepticism that these songs will sound good or meet the lofty standards the band has ac […]
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    • DIIV - Is The Is Are February 8, 2016
      A lengthy but somewhat mixed selection...With soundscapes that are as expansive as they are immersive, DIIV brandish an immediately infectious brand of melodic dream pop, underpinned by pounding drums and the band’s signature guitar attack. Now, nearly four years on from their 2012 debut ‘Oshin’, DIIV have returned with ‘Is the Is Are’, an album in large par […]
    • Change Of Time: Liima Interviewed February 8, 2016
      Damp socks and dark sounds...It was during a week in Istanbul last year that the more melancholic moments of Liima’s debut record were born. Among the darkness and cold, shut in a windowless nightclub, came a horrifying reality of the life of a musician…damp socks. While it might seem like a trivial aspect of this exciting new Danish and Finnish collaboratio […]
    • Listen: Weird Dreams - 'The Ladder' February 8, 2016
      Dream pop project returns...Weird Dreams is a name Clash hasn't come across for a while. The London project's debut album was a delight, but it has taken four years for follow up material to emerge. Songwriter Doran Edwards has placed a new track online, and 'The Ladder' is a deeply atmospheric piece. Doran explains: "It's been […]
    • Allan Kingdom - 'Northern Lights' February 8, 2016
      Thestand4rd Crew talent breaks out...Allan Kingdom is set to break out in 2016. The past 12 months have seen the Thestand4rd Crew talent notch up some stunning highs, including an appearance on Kanye West's 'All Day'. Recent album 'Northern Lights' is winning acclaim, with the title track now due to receive the full video treatment. […]
    • Track Of The Day 8/2 - Man & The Echo February 8, 2016
      'Vile As You Want'Man & The Echo like to speak their mind - but that doesn't mean that they can't also be respectful of other people's viewpoints. It's a conundrum that takes them into some uncharted waters, attempting to reason with people who - ideologically speaking - exist in a quite separate universe to their own. New s […]
    • Muse, The Last Shadow Puppets For Sziget Festival February 8, 2016
      More names added...Muse and The Last Shadow Puppets are amongst the latest names for this year's Sziget Festival. The festival runs between August 10th - 17th, with the Budapest event grabbing a host of big names. Muse are set to play Sziget, with the line up also including The Last Shadow Puppets, David Guetta, The Lumineers and more. Elsewhere, Years […]
    • Night Beats - Who Sold My Generation February 8, 2016
      Exquisite, hard-boiled psychedelia...Texan trio Night Beats are one of the most exciting bands to come out of America since the heady days of grunge. Their brand of 13th Floor Elevator-esque psych R&B has been turning heads on the underground in the UK ever since the release of their critically acclaimed second studio album, ‘Sonic Bloom’, was released i […]
    • PJ Harvey, Julia Holter For Iceland Airwaves February 8, 2016
      2016 line up expands...PJ Harvey and Julia Holter are set to play this year's Iceland Airwaves festival. The enormous Icelandic event seems to take control of just about every spare space in Reykjavik, and this year promises yet more musical thrills. PJ Harvey is due to appear at the festival, while American songwriter Julia Holter is also set to give w […]
    • Premiere: Blair Dunlop - 'She Won't Cry For Me' February 8, 2016
      Beautiful acoustic version...Blair Dunlop is a cult hero, an artist whose work is adored by those who come across it. Third album 'Gilded' arrives on May 6th, and it's a wonderfully crafted piece of work. Songwriting of real depth and candour, it's accompanied by a genuine sense of warmth in the delivery. 'She Won't Cry For Me […]
    • Savages - Adore Life February 8, 2016
      A heart-felt exploration of space and silence...You wouldn’t believe it if you’ve been exposed to Anglo-Franc post-punk outfit Savages, but they’re a band unfamiliar with strife. Not so much personal challenge, but rather running the gauntlet of being an upstart band. Within six months of inception, Savages had secured a support slot with British Sea Power a […]
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    • ROCK ON THE RANGE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS INCLUDING “THAT METAL SHOW” LIVE, DEFTONES AND THE ROLLING ROCK COMEDY TENT LINEUP February 8, 2016
      The lineup for Rock On The Range, scheduled for May 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH, was posted on the site on November 30th, 2015. Just announced as additions to the lineup are the Deftones, along with The Shrine and Adam Watt. Deftones’ Chino Moreno says, “Rock On The Range […]
    • KING’S X RE-ISSUES, “GRETCHEN GOES TO NEBRASKA” AND “FAITH HOPE LOVE,” NOW AVAILABLE, BAND SET TO BEGIN WEST COAST TOUR THIS MONTH February 8, 2016
      King’s X recently re-issued two of their classic albums, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989) and Faith Hope Love (1990), via Metal Blade Records. Both available as a double vinyl, Faith Hope Love has also been re-packaged on CD with two bonus live tracks recorded in Cleveland in 1992. To purchase these limited re-issues, please visit […]
    • METALLICA TO DEBUT NEW STAGE AT PRE-SUPERBOWL CONCERT TONIGHT February 6, 2016
      On the eve of the nation’s most anticipated sporting event, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winners Metallica will headline CBS Radio’s The Night Before, a one-of-a-kind concert experience the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band’s hometown of San Francisco, CA. The concert marks the […]
    • HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY KILMISTER AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS February 6, 2016
      Hollywood Vampires say they’ll pay tribute to Lemmy at next week’s Grammy Awards. The event will take place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, on February 15th. And the band featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, say they’ll perform a Motorhead track in honor of the late rock icon, who died on December […]
    • 2/4: JIMMY BAIN PODCAST TRIBUTE, JOE ELLIOTT, VEGAS BOUND SOON, MORE February 5, 2016
      Hope everyone takes a second to listen to my podcast this week that was just posted today. It’s 3 recent interviews I did with Andrew Freeman (singer in Last In Line) as well as Vivian Campbell and Vinnie Appice, the two remaining members of the original Dio band. The guys discuss the life of Jimmy […]
    • WINERY DOGS RELEASE VIDEO FOR “HOT STREAK” February 5, 2016
      The Winery Dogs have released a video for the title track of their second release, watch Hot Streak below. Hot Streak” was released on October 2nd and debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at number 30.
    • DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN THINKS THE GUNS N’ ROSES REUNION IS “F-ING LAME” February 3, 2016
      It sounds like Def Leppard guitarist, Phil Collen, won’t be purchasing a ticket for the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour. When the subject was reportedly broached during a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, Collen dismissed the whole idea as “really f—ing lame.” Which is not to say that guitrist dislikes the band’s music or […]
    • METALLICA TO STREAM PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERT ONLINE February 3, 2016
      Metallica will offer a free livestream of their pre-Super Bowl 50 concert, The Night Before. The sold-out show, to be held February 6th at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, will be viewable in HD format via mobile and desktop devices at the LiveMetallica site. The Night Before show will also feature openers Cage the Elephant, with […]
    • L.A. WEEKLY ARTICLE EXPOSES THE SECRET LIFE OF OFFSTAGE MUSICIANS February 3, 2016
      Matt Wake of L.A. Weekly wrote a feature article on the strange, hidden world of offstage musicians. Portions of the story appear below. It looked like a big black tent. Offstage right and behind the bass bin speakers in a Stockholm arena, Ozzy Osbourne’s crew had set up a portable vocal booth. Inside the booth’s […]
    • GUNS N’ ROSES ICONIC LINEUP HEADING TO MEXICO February 3, 2016
      Guns N’ Roses continue to incite a fan frenzy as they announce yet another headlining date in North America with the addition of Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico at the Foro Sol, announced today. Banamex pre-sale begins February 8th at 11am CT, ending February 9 at 10pm CT; general onsale is scheduled […]
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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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