Fire Like This - Blood Red Shoes
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  • Summary: The second album produced by Mike Crossey for Brighton's Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell was recorded on analogue tape but still retains its punk influences.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. What is different, however, is the focus the band have found. In the past, there's been an unfortunate tendency to take songs a chorus too far, but that doesn't appear to be an issue any more.
  2. Overall the album is a reassertion that when it comes to hard-pumping guitar'n'drums duos it's unjust that Steve and Laura-Mary are billed below the likes of The Kills on the big festival bill Sellotaped to God's fridge.
  3. 80
    The seariung guitars, walloping drums and emphatic double-tracked vocals have determined power and character. [Mar 2010, p.81]
  4. 80
    Blood Red Shoes still rocks out on most tracks, all riled up and restless, keeping the rhythms chunky and choppy on standouts like the defiantly-played and shouted "Light It Up," the revved-up guitar and drums of "Don't Ask," and the guitar jags and slamming drums on "Keeping It Close."
  5. Dec 14, 2010
    74
    In its best moments, Fire Like This strikes a balance between heartfelt and heavy. Blood Red Shoes may be squat-hall sized, but they are arena-equipped.
  6. Starting off pleasant but eventually becoming a regular stereo occupier, the grungier second half of this release is the better half.
  7. It would be easy to look at the words and assume that this was a band on the brink of a split, were it not for the fact that their first album featured a very similar outlook and identikit themes. Essentially, it is hard to see where the band might go from here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. BrunoK
    Mar 12, 2010
    9
    Great album froma great band. "Fire Like This" is a consistent and mature record with great melodies.
  2. JohnH
    Mar 14, 2010
    8
    Not a massive departure from their first album but just sounds better in every way. It's never going to be groundbreaking but it's a supremely listenable and enjoyable 37-odd minutes. The closer 'Colours Fade' is one of my favourite tracks from 2010 so far. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2011
    7
    There's definitely an improve in this second album: Laura-Mary's guitar sounds more clear and neat and Steven keeps on beating that drums hard enough to transmit all his anger. The songs, in my opinion are more aggressive, but still they will be in your mind all day long. Expand