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    • Premiere: Nero - 'The Thrill (TCTS Remix)' May 1, 2015
      As heard on Annie Mac...Coachella isn't really the place to debut new material. The cameras of the world are upon you, alongside the eyeballs of a hundred thousand paying customers. Yet that's exactly what Nero did. The three piece - Daniel Stephens, Joe Ray and Alana Watson – chose to debut new material during a headline set. Remarkably, it worked […]
    • Preview: SPOT Festival To Showcase Nordic Goth x Industrial May 1, 2015
      Danish festival goes a little darker...Each year, Denmark's second-largest and perhaps most underrated city, Aarhus, draws crowds for the eclectic and intimate SPOT festival. Always a heady mix of genres and exciting new acts (read some of our favourite memories of the festival HERE), this year the four-dayer is hosting a very special goth and industria […]
    • Premiere: She Drew The Gun - 'Since You Were Not Mine' May 1, 2015
      Check it out now...Liverpool's Skeleton Key imprint is rapidly turning into an imposing hub for new music. Louisa Roach is an old friend of the label, an ever-evolving artist who currently used the moniker She Drew The Gun. New single 'Since You Were Not Mine' arrives on May 25th, a piece of sparse, pared down songwriting with a dark, blues-dr […]
    • Dearly Beloved To Support Swervedriver May 1, 2015
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    • Premiere: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - 'Rotten' EP May 1, 2015
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    • Premiere: Ink Project ft. FiFi Rong - 'Runaway Ritual' May 1, 2015
      Check it out now...Ink Project was kick-started by Jeremy Lloyd back in 2009. Since then, the producer and multi-instrumentalist has been able to work with a slew of talented guest vocalists and collaborators, with the likes of Gang Colours stepping in on remix duties. Currently working with a number of guests, a new album from Ink Project should see the lig […]
    • Track Of The Day 1/5 - iLL BLU May 1, 2015
      'Lonely People (Ragz Original Remix)'When Darius and James first merged to create iLL BLU back in 2008, the project was only meant to produce a few club bangers. Part of the rising UK funky scene, the duo helped push back the boundaries, pushing their sound towards a straight up house direction in the process. Since then, things have exploded. New […]
    • Win: Blondie's Classic Back Catalogue On Vinyl May 1, 2015
      All six studio albums...Blondie were unlikely pop heroes. A bunch of scuzzed up punks playing flea bit dives in New York, the band were fronted by a former Playboy bunny. Yet through Debbie Harry's iconic wit, charm and looks, through the group's fusion of punk energy and classic pop, Blondie went on to become one of the defining bands of their gen […]
    • Win: Applebum Toasts 1st Birthday May 1, 2015
      Grab tickets, t-shirts, bar spend and more...Ain't no party like an Applebum party... For 12 months now, the Applebum crew have been hosting events at venues around London, espousing a doctrine of all vibes and no nonsense. Toasting their first birthday in style, Applebum is set to take hold of The Garage on May 8th. Expect sets from the likes of J Trai […]
    • Seven Davis Jr Announces Debut Album May 1, 2015
      'Universes' to be released on July 24thSeven Davis Jr is a wanderer. Preparing material for his new studio album, the gospel-vocalist turned electronic producer laid down ideas in San Francisco, Amsterdam and London. The message, though, is quite distinct: "Finding your place. Knowing yourself. Being where you belong." New album 'Uni […]
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    • FULL SCREEN: METZ go GIFing crazy; Etiquette stare off into cyber space May 4, 2015
      And Toronto synth-pop duo Prince Innocence do nothing, because who cares anymore? FULL SCREEN: METZ go GIFing crazy; Etiquette stare off into cyber space by chris hampton | Chart Attack.
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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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