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On Fire [Spiritual Beggars] 
1. Street Fighting Saviours
2. Young Man, Old Soul
3. Killing Time
4. Fools Gold
5. Black Feathers
6. Beneath the Skin
7. Fejee Mermaid
8. Dance of the Dragon King
9. Tall Tales
10. Lunatic Fringe, The
11. Look Back
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 243
Spiritual Beggars: JB (vocals); Michael Amott (guitar); Per Wiberg (keyboards, background vocals); Roger Nilsson (bass); Ludwig Witt (drums, percussion).
Producers: Rickard Bengtsson, Michael Amott.
Recorded at Slaughterhouse Studios, Halmstad, Sweden.
Personnel: Per Wiberg (vocals, keyboards); Michael Amott (guitar); Ludwig Witt (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Slaughterhouse, Halmstad, Sweden.
Photographer: Linda Sturesson Witt.
Arranger: Spiritual Beggars.
Undergoing a major lineup change immediately following the biggest record of your career shouldn't bode well for any band, but doesn't seem to be a big problem for Sweden's Spiritual Beggars, who manage to neatly sidestep almost any transitional difficulties on 2002's On Fire. The fact that control of the group's direction and virtually all its songwriting stems from guitarist Michael Amott explains much of this, so that even the small differences that appear seem very much self-willed rather than accidental. New vocalist J.B. (formerly of Grand Magus) is coached to perfection by Amott, assimilating (but not replicating) the growling, frothing-at-the-mouth style of the departed Spice into his own, somewhat cleaner delivery, which lends greater flexibility to tracks like the radio-ready "Killing Time" and the oddly '70s Whitesnake-ish "Fool's Gold." Injecting their stoner rock with generous doses of Amott's straight-up metal riffing and classically tinged soloing (natural spillage from his other project, the death metal band Arch Enemy) remains one of Spiritual Beggars' more distinctive trademarks, and along with Per Wiberg's very active organ contributions, these are brought to the very forefront on album standouts like "Black Feather," "Young Man, Old Man," and "The Lunatic Fringe." On Fire does lose a little steam toward the end, but all things considered, consistency really should be Amott's middle name, making for yet another fine effort for Spiritual Beggars. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
Q (12/02, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Instantly memorable choruses abound and, with the playing self-assured throughout, mainstream success could even be just around the corner..."
CMJ (11/11/01, p.26) - "...ON FIRE is a rootin'-tootin', hollerin', rock 'n' roll good time....ON FIRE shows us another side of Sweden and of guitar wizard Amott..."
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