Fire on the Floor
Oozing confidence and ambition, Fire on the Floor is singer/songwriter Beth Hart’s coming out party. Hot on the heels of the hard-to-define talent’s critically lauded collaborations with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, the set shows off the her smoldering ability to burn through heart-aching blues (“Love Gangster”), sumptuous jazz (“Jazz Man”) and uplifting soul-pop (“Let’s Get Together”). With each successive cut her expansive vision only becomes more and more impressive. As for the arrangements, they’re rich yet tough, just like Hart’s singular voice, which in its most sublime expressions (see the piano ballad “No Place Like Home”) recalls the great Nina Simone.