Sound: It's got great grooves, fantastic guitar work, and a splendid spirit. "She-Cat" has got a funky groove with some cool guitar licks. The vocal delivery sounds like a cross between Sting and Anthony Keidis. It's a fine song. "I'll Be There" has some soulful backing vocals. The song is a smooth groove with some wonderfully clean guitar playing. "A Different Fire" has an acoustic sweetness and almost sounds like something Eric Clapton might do.
The sparse instrumental work, coupled with the heartfelt vocals, give the song a high dose of tasteful pop purity. The album ends with a great cover of Deep Purple's "Strange Kind Of Woman." It's an excellent version of the song - it's definitely not another metal take. Saluto adds some wah wah guitar and a funky feel to set it apart from the original. A Different Fire is simply a great collection of songs. // 10
Lyrics: Steve Saluto plays blues-style rock'n'roll with a huge dose of soul. The songs contained on this EP are fine examples of Saluto's amazing talents and breadth of style. // 8
Overall Impression: "I'll Be There" is a bluesy, soul-revealing number with a real emotional wallop. // 10