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Like a Fire

Solomon BurkeAudio CD
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Biographyby by Richie Unterberger

While Solomon Burke never made a major impact upon the pop audience -- he never, in fact, had a Top 20 hit -- he was an important early soul pioneer. On his '60s singles for Atlantic, he brought a country influence into R&B, with emotional phrasing and intricately constructed, melodic ballads and midtempo songs. At the same time, he was ... Read more in Amazon's Solomon Burke Store

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00189DQJE
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Like A Fire
2. We Don't Need It
3. The Fall
4. A Minute To Rest And A Second To Pray
5. Ain't That Something
6. What Makes Me Think I Was Right
7. Understanding
8. You And Me
9. Thank You
10. If I Give My Heart To You

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Like A Fire album is Solomon Burke's third Shout! Factory release following the Grammy nominated albums Make Do With What You Got and Nashville features songs written specifically for the Grammy winning King of Rock n' Soul by an all star group of songwriters, including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Jesse Harris and Keb' Mo. Like A Fire was produced by Grammy winning master drummer Steve Jordan, who has worked with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and more.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Cook On Low Power 40 Minutes; Remove Plastic; Serve June 16, 2008
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There was a delightful bit of one-take candor preserved on Solomon Burke's previous release, 2006's NASHVILLE. After a blistering gallop through Bruce Springsteen's "Ain't Got You," Burke, marveling at the locked-in ferocity of the band's attack, and sounding amused and exhilarated and a little out of breath, barely waited for the playout to die down before exclaiming, "Y'all done went hog crazy here! What in the heck is goin' on in this place here? Has y'all got religion?!" Prolonged and raucous laughter could be heard from musicians and engineers as the smoke cleared, and Gillian Welch, who presumably had just arrived to contribute guitar and harmony vocal on her song "Valley of Tears" (the take of which immediately followed), joked, "Don't hang me out there, man!"

On the recorded evidence, it seems unlikely that any such surprises or outbursts took place at the sessions for LIKE A FIRE. This tepid follow-up to NASHVILLE is the shortest (39 minutes), the least energized, and by some margin the weakest of the four albums Burke has made since his gratifying rediscovery with 2002's acclaimed DON'T GIVE UP ON ME. The opening track/title song, penned by Eric Clapton, sets an all-too-representative pace and tone with its vague lyric, meandering midtempo music, and studiously mellow sound. Producer Steve Jordan gives slight songs such as "Ain't That Something" and "You And Me" a tasteful, gently cushioned R&B bounce (prominent organ over subdued bass and percussion) that calls to mind Al Green's lesser work. Nothing here is difficult to listen to, and almost nothing is easy to remember afterward.

The two left turns also fail to score solidly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses a Spark February 22, 2009
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Soloman Burke's "Like a Fire" may not be his very best recording compared to his expansive catalog, but it offers a few strong sounds. The opener "Like a Fire" is a bouncy midtempo track penned by Eric Clapton, "I'm always searching for meaning." Danny Kortchmar who worked with James Taylor & was in the classic band Jo Mama guests on guitar. Keb' Mo's sunny guitar and backing vocals support Soloman on Mo's "We Don't Need It," "So we gathered round the table, told them the news, a look of desperation nearly broke me in two." Soloman burns in a workout on Ben Harper's "A Minute to Rest & a Second to Pray." Soloman's vocals are excellent on Jesse Harris' "What Makes Me Think," despite a plodding feel to the music. One of the better tracks is Jesse Harris' "You & Me" that steps into a good groove with Harris' throbbing acoustic guitar & Rudy Copeland's wailing organ. Soloman Burke's sole credit as a songwriter is with Eric Clapton on "Thank You," a subtle shuffle. After a decidedly midtempo playlist, Burke slows down old school for the lounge weeper "If I Give My Heart to You." "Like a Fire" unfortunately never really ignites. There are some bright spots and great musicianship, but the disc misses a spark. Enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par September 21, 2012
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Not sure what was going on here but I thought ALL of the songs were uninspired. Mr. Burke did a credible job because of his talent, but there was just very little of the deep feelings I usually get when listening to his older material.
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