Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- FIRE NEXT TIME -- Wild Rose Sorrow

Fire Next Time

Fire Next Time were also at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer June 27, and while they played first, usually suggesting the later band was the night’s highlight, these guys stole the show for me.
Normally a five-piece band, in the confined quarters of the coffeehouse Fire Next Time pared down to a three-piece acoustic unit for the night, and I tell you it worked.
The CD has a fuller sound, as they rock it up with bass and drums which had the night off in Yorkton, but the lyrics really came to the forefront with the limited band.
James Renton, who is the band’s lead vocalist, also is the band’s main writer, and he can write folk-inspired, dark imaged lyrics with the best of them.
River City Blues, a song they said is about Edmonton is a gritty piece with the essence of Bob Dylan in his hey day. To me it is the highlight of the 10-song CD.
Of course if you are Irish, you might tip your hat to Black and Tan instead. It’s a dark ballad that is a fine effort.
Mexican Train is another outstanding song on the album, as is Chorus of Crows.
These guys may not be the most radio-friendly band, but darn they play outstanding music, and this is a CD to find and own.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 7, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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