Feed The Fire

Following is a review from Country Music International, written by Alan Cackett. He gave the album 4 Stars, which is a "Very Good" rating.

Legendary Poco and Eagles' bassist, Timothy B. Schmit steps forward with his first solo album in more than 10 years to co-produce this solid collection of songs, many of which he wrote or co-wrote, on his own Lucan Records.

Recorded to reflect his eclecticism, Feed The Fire is a mixed bag. At it's worst, it sounds like a flashback to a mid-70's album: at it's best it offers engaging, harmonically rich tunes that stick in the mind. The Stylistics' 1972 easy-soul classic You Are Everything is ripe for revival: Schmit brings nothing new to the song, but it fits him so neatly.

There is a Bread-like delicacy to To Make You Feel My Love. His distinctive tenor is flexed to dramatic effect over a wondrous melody and subtle harmonies. The musical rapture continues on Running, while the countryish I'm Not Angry Anymore is a briilliant take on the battle between heart and mind.

Top Of The Stairs bears a remarkable sonic resemblance to Poco: tight harmonies and hook-laden melodies are strewn about the album in heavy concentrations. It's little wonder that for me and many others, this album just rolls back the years. Those raised on classic West Coast-based country-rock will be in Californian heaven.

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