Monday, 10 October 2016

Record Review - Beth Hart

Published in the November issue of Rolling Stone (Aust.), October 2016

Beth Hart
Fire On The Floor
Provogue / Mascot

Beth Hart finds her musical space with eighth solo release

Beth Hart’s new release, her eighth solo album, is on a new level. There seems to be an assuredness to her delivery here, to her lyrics, she seems to have found a spot in which to reside, and it’s a spot she inhabits well.

Beginning with the sultry, jazz-stained ‘Jazzman’, Fire On The Floor covers a lot of rootsy ground – soul (‘Let’s Get Together’, the title track, ‘Good Day To Cry’), blues and blues/rock (‘Coca Cola’, ‘Fat Man’), jazz and touches of gospel. With a crack band behind her, it’s Hart’s voice which takes centre stage, as one would expect. Solid, soaring, assured. This is a new Beth Hart, the conviction with which she now sings heralding the start of something special.

Samuel J. Fell

Key Tracks: Jazzman, Let’s Get Together, Fire On The Floor

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