Walk Through Fire

Walk Through Fire

by YolaYola


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Yola hails from the United Kingdom, but there isn't a hint of Britishness on Walk Through Fire, her 2019 full-length debut. Walk Through Fire is steeped in Southern soul traditions, leaning heavily on the cross-cultural pollinations of the late '60s, where country, soul, pop, and rock intersected so thoroughly, there rarely seemed to be a boundary separating the styles. Yola follows a similar stylistic aesthetic. She's as likely to write a country song ("Walk Through Fire") as she is to testify with the passion of a gospel choir ("It Ain't Easier"), but much of her debut exists in a nuanced netherworld, where R&B tunes are given a pop treatment and vice versa. Some of this fluidity could be ascribed to producer Dan Auerbach, who cannily conjures any number of retro trappings -- not just the funky sounds of FAME, but the Baroque pop arrangements of Glen Campbell -- as he carefully avoids strict purity. Auerbach creates a lovely, enveloping sound, but he's merely picking up the soul and sensibility of Yola's original songs, which are grounded in tradition but marked with her own idiosyncratic imprint; she's channeling her own experiences so they speak to the universal, just like the classic soul she loves. The result is an extraordinary record, one designed to be part of a grand musical tradition, and it contains enough emotion and imagination to earn its place within that lineage.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2019
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597927009
catalogNumber: 584683
Rank: 2346

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yola   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pat McLaughlin   Percussion
Bobby Wood   Piano
Mark Howard   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Gene Chrisman   Percussion,Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Russ Pahl   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Mike Rojas   Piano,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Harpsichord,Marimbas,Clavinet,Mellotron,Vibes
Billy Sanford   Electric Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Roy Agee   Horn
Matt Combs   Fiddle,Strings
Dan Auerbach   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Fuzz Bass
Ray Jacildo   Organ,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Marimbas,Vibes
Dave Roe   Bass
Molly Tuttle   Acoustic Guitar
Ashley Wilcoxson   Background Vocals
Leisa Hans   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Roger Cook   Composer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Bobby Wood   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Billy Sanford   Tic Tac
Dan Auerbach   Composer,Producer
Joe Allen   Composer
Yola   Composer
Trey Keller   Engineer
Perry Shall   Layout
M. Allen Parker   Engineer
Josh Ditty   Engineer

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