Burks: "I Smell Smoke"
continuation of the sound established on his Alligator
debut, I Smell Smoke is even more impressive than its
much-heralded predecessor. While vocally Michael Burks
still invites comparison to Albert King, especially
on gospel-fried ballads like "Lie to Me" (the
Flying V guitar he sports on this album's cover shot
further reinforces the similarities between the two
artists), his guitar work has become more electrified
and confident. With a tone sounding at times like Eric
Clapton's psychedelic work in Cream and a rugged four-piece
band supporting him, this is a tough, uncompromising
contemporary blues/blues-rock/R&B album that doesn't
pull punches. "