Dynamites featuring Charles Walker – Burn It Down

January 01, 1970

(Outta Sight)




No need to wait for tabloid train wreck Amy Winehouse to get
her act together and release a new album. There’s a more genuine soul revival
cooking underground with bona fide singers like Sharon Jones and Charles
Walker. Walker-who’s been working R&B circles for five decades-is back with
his second album with Nashville funk troop The Dynamites, following a scorching
debut collaboration Kaboom!


            Burn It Down turns up the heat and
delivers a James Brown throwdown that should be the dance-party disc of the
year. Walker howls straight from the Apollo hey day, while The Dynamites churn
out exhaustively tight grooves. The title track could easily be this
generation’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” But while the song’s chunky guitar
chords and horn blasts look to the past, Walker’s outlook is more progressive:
“If you don’t think we got our message sent, what you say about our first black


Walker’s not aping the Godfather, he’s singing sunny Marvin Gaye seduction (“I
Got Love (For You)”) or fronting a syncopated Meters’-style jam (“Somebody Stop
Me”)-all good things for the real soul searcher. 


Standout Tracks: “Burn It Down,” “The Third Degree”  JEDD




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