Solomon Burke, "Nothing's Impossible"

77 Billboard Rating

Soul legend Solomon Burke's newest album, "Nothing's Impossible," a collaboration with famed Memphis producer Willie Mitchell (who died in January), sets out to prove that even at 70 years old, a man should always pursue his dreams. The powerful connection between artist and producer is especially evident on the shimmering love serenade "Dreams," where the sweet strings are perfectly balanced with bluesy horns to build tension for Burke's emotional outbursts. The song "You're Not Alone" spices up the mood with a funky rock feel and a guitar solo that replaces the often-heard saxophone that appears throughout the set. And experience speaks for itself on the track "The Error of My Ways," on which Burke sings the blues accompanied by Mitchell's weeping strings, which evoke Gershwin. With themes of love, loneliness and longing, Burke's raw emotional delivery and Mitchell's rich arrangements ensure that the music penetrates to the heart and soul. --Ilya Skripnikov

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