PONY CANYON JAPAN PCCY-01276
Produced by: Firehouse
Firehouse return with the absence of a worldwide record deal, this album through their Japanese label Pony Canyon and also through their web site.|
Straight up the first track is a mid pacer, hinting that this is going to be a more laid back and mellower Firehouse than ever.
Can't Stop The Pain opens and is a nice moody mid paced rock ballad. A hint of a great guitar solo, but it doesn't last long enough.
Acid Rain has a cool guitar intro, sounds pretty live and raw, but again instead of firing up, stays on a mid paced rock ballad course. Great melodic chorus though.
Bringing Me Down is more laid back again. This time it's an acoustic driven pop rocker. A more laid back Down Bring Me Down?
Dream is the first ballad proper. Big anthem sort of thing that's starts off slowly...oh, but then doesn't go anywhere.
Get Ready has a promising funky guitar intro and rocks out a little towards the end.
If It Changes is a cool mid tempo rocker, nice chunky guitar sound in there and a more melodic chorus that is pretty catchy.
The Day, The Week And The Weather is another acoustic pop song that stays mellow throughout without being a ballad as such.|
The Nights Were Young is a mid paced pop rock anthem. Ok, but lacks grunt and that anthem quality.
Have Mercy is a moody rocker that stands out as one of the more original songs on the album and takes to my liking. Could have been a lot heavier though!
I'd Do Anything is an acoustic pop ballad. A little country?
Arrow Through My Heart is another of the above. No country.
Life Goes On is a funky pop rocker. Average.
well the album is way too soft, but I was prepared to let that slide, but the songs on the second half of the record are just not strong enough and are too much of a muchness.
The sound and production is of course rich and as good as any big label record. The songs are just not there. It was self-produced which is admirable for the sound, but not for the selection of songs. A third party would have been handy.
The record starts off OK, but just becomes boring in the end. Better off sticking to their first couple of albums.
|PRODUCTION: 77%||SONGS: 58%||VIBE: 60%||ATTITUDE: 63%||ESSENTIAL FOR: Firehouse fans only|
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