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Album Review

Burton Cummings doesn’t need to work for the money, he does it for the love of it. Above the Ground is his first album in 12 years — it was released in his native Canada in 2008, appearing in the U.S. two years later — so it makes some sense that this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon lasting 19 tracks and 74 minutes. Cummings may have no sense of urgency, something that hinders a blues boogie like “Junior Won’t Behave,” but the leisurely pace does allow for him to touch upon all of his interests, from churning heavy rock to loose-limbed pop, adding little bits of country and soft-rock introspection along the way. Sometimes the production is a little too immaculate, reminiscent of all-digital recordings from the tail-end of the ‘80s, sometimes things get a little odd, as when he sways into the boozy cadence of “Rollaway,” but the wide range of styles, along with a bit of blunt satire ( “We Just Came from the USA”), keeps Above the Ground interesting.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

It's a great album but why ony 2 tracks on itunes?

best canadian rock voice ever

long overdue. his voice and melodys are still top makes me feel 20 when im 50

Well Done!

Some great cuts. Sounds old and new well worth the price. Don't miss it!


Born: December 31, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Burton Cummings, born in Winnipeg in 1947, played with the Devrons before joining the Guess Who as lead vocalist in 1965. Cummings spent ten years with that band, but left for a solo career, releasing a self-titled album in 1976. The single, "Stand Tall," sold over a million copies. He has also released My Own Way to Rock...
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