Fire - Electric Six
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Metascore
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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

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  • Summary: Featuring guitarists named Rock and Roll Indian and Surge Joebot, the latest indie-rock sensation to come out of Detroit combines punk, new-wave and disco on this debut full-length. Included here is a new version of their hit single "Danger! High Voltage" with the White Stripes' Jack WhiteFeaturing guitarists named Rock and Roll Indian and Surge Joebot, the latest indie-rock sensation to come out of Detroit combines punk, new-wave and disco on this debut full-length. Included here is a new version of their hit single "Danger! High Voltage" with the White Stripes' Jack White on backing vocals. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. They exist only to rock your world. If you don't let them, you're the stupid one.
  2. To a certain extent, Fire sounds like a joke, but a pointed one that approaches rock less as a conceit than as a directive, something to drag into its cultural surroundings rather than a trope to fall back on.
  3. 80
    Two things save Electric Six from becoming the alt-rock Weird Al: Their jokes hit home and their music is convincingly ferocious. [#17, p.134]
  4. If you're bored of 'Danger! High Voltage' like us, there's plenty to plunder, though ultimately you'll be filing this album away in your "don't play anymore" library after Echobelly and before Electric Soft Parade.
  5. A guilty pleasure. [#5, p.108]
  6. At its best, Fire proves they could easily escape the novelty tag. At its worst, it seems as if they don't particularly want to.
  7. A novelty act, a misfire and a waste of time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 11, 2012
    10
    I'm only reviewing this because I accidentally find myself listening to it again some 9 years after release.

    WHAT an album. There's
    I'm only reviewing this because I accidentally find myself listening to it again some 9 years after release.

    WHAT an album. There's nothing not to love - it's funny, well-crafted with no duff songs. So much fun.
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  2. BenK
    Feb 17, 2006
    10
    This is as well crafted a debut as Television's Marquee Moon or Talking Head's '77.
  3. MichaelC
    Jul 21, 2006
    10
    Any critic that gave this less than 80, is deaf. Also a liar. This album changed mt life. Buy it or regret it forever
  4. JuanjoP
    Jun 5, 2003
    9
    This is fun. This is R'N'R.
  5. Luke
    Apr 17, 2005
    9
    Classic 80's rock with the sexiness of disco and fastfood on it's bibliography: I love it.
  6. ByroniusPunk
    Sep 26, 2003
    9
    More proof critics suck...if you don't want to get up and shake yo' ass, or knock something over, or dry hump the person next to More proof critics suck...if you don't want to get up and shake yo' ass, or knock something over, or dry hump the person next to you (or at least fantasize about doing so), you've got no feelings. NONE. "Dance Commander" and "Getting into the Jam" are hot, hot, hot tracks. "Danger! Danger! High Voltage" may be the reason you know the band, but there are several other solid tracks on here worth the $9.99 it costs to pick up this CD at Tower. Expand
  7. Evilevil
    Jul 17, 2003
    8
    A RIOT!!!! This album hits like the Bollock Brothers - Harley David. Fun, Loud, and Meaningless - this album will keep your system booming A RIOT!!!! This album hits like the Bollock Brothers - Harley David. Fun, Loud, and Meaningless - this album will keep your system booming while you try to explain to your friends that your love for the single "Gay Bar" does not mean that you are in the closet. Expand

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