Hold on Tight

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  • Summary: The final album for the soul singer who passed away in October 2010 features a collaboration with Dutch artist De Dijk.
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  1. 83
    Hold On Tight's horn-spiked blues-rock is outfitted with more raucous textures than its balladic predecessor, yet De Dijk manage to smooth out Burke's craggy, weathered croak. King Solomon, R.I.P.
  2. Mar 31, 2011
    For his part, Burke invests the songs with a force and passion that remains unabated. What a marvelous note for the King of Rock and Soul to leave us on.
  3. Mar 31, 2011
    It's a stronger and more satisfying piece of work than most of his other post-millennial albums, and it's the closest thing he managed to a truly effective rock & roll collaboration; it's an impressive finale to a genuinely remarkable career.
  4. 60
    Burke's presence remains as commanding as ever even when the material sags.
  5. Mojo
    Apr 4, 2011
    Some of the lyrics, translated from the Dutch, are a touch clunky, but all in all a lively set and not, I suspect, Bishop Burke's final memorial. [Feb 2011, p.100]
  6. It's actually a more interesting artifact than the Mitchell one. Having said that, it is also hobbled by a paucity of good songs and a slightly splashy production. Solomon rides the turbulence like a whale.
  7. Mar 31, 2011
    Pitched decidedly near the middle of the road, Burke's final album is a generally pleasing endeavor that might have benefited from a little more effort.
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