Burn It Down
US: 15 Sep 2009
The Dynamites and ecstatic frontman Charles Walker succeed in its retro act because, while the band is strongly grounded in classic soul and Walker got his start in the ‘60s, the band does its own thing. A track like Burn It Down‘s “Somebody’s Got It Better (Somebody’s Got It Worse)” might reveal a love for uptempo James Brown, but the high-energy performances are more current than a nostalgic trip. The group can put down a groove (“Do the Right Thing”), but the band is at its best when forgoing the heavy funk in favor of a more rollicking approach. On that note, nothing on the disc tops the opener “Burn It Down”, which has all the sparks of something already on fire. To highlight the group as a rampaging act, though, does a disservice to Walker’s Somebody’s voice and nuanced delivery, as he can sing a ballad, and, of course, he can get nasty.
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