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FIREHOUSE / CATEGORY 5
PONY CANYON JAPAN PCCY-01276
OVERALL: 61%
Produced by: Firehouse
  1. Can't Stop The Pain
  2. Acid Rain
  3. Bringing Me Down
  4. Dream
  5. Get Ready
  6. If It Changes
  7. The Day, The Week And The Weather
  8. The Nights Were Young
  9. Have Mercy
  10. I'd Do Anything
  11. Arrow Through My Heart
  12. Life Goes On
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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