Full Of Light And Full Of Fire

  • Record Label: Misra
  • Release Date: Nov 22, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Full of Light and Full of Fire is easily one of the best albums of the decade.
  2. Every song on this album is outstanding.
  3. A wonderfully crafted album built on songwriting that is witty and potent.
  4. A beguiling blend of astute social commentary and first-rate music that rocks, weeps and testifies.
  5. As long as it keeps coming up with songs as arresting and moody as the allusive addiction study "The Lethal Temptress," The Mendoza Line should get its due one day.
  6. Blender
    Political without preaching, sexy in a bookish way, this record will keep you up talking with someone you'd like to kiss. [Dec 2005, p.149]
  7. The earthy tones, accomplished songwriting and passion within Full of Light give Mendoza Line newcomers good reason not only to hear their new album, but also to dig into their back catalog.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    As always, this longtime indie band shines brightest when mopey-voiced Shannon McArdle steers the music away from conventional alt-country. [25 Nov 2005, p.103]
  9. Spin
    The best bummer-country band of this sucky century. [Dec 2005, p.107]
  10. The Mendoza Line have mined this kind of socio-political territory before, but never with so much fatalistic maturity.
  11. The Line may be as polarizing as ever, but fuck me, can it play a righteous drinking song.
  12. [Full Of Light] transmits wizened poetry and rec-room intimacy with Music Row-worthy craft.
  13. Paste Magazine
    The group's albums tend to not make a strong impression the first time through. Fortunately, Full of Light and Full of Fire amply justifies the effort. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.105]
  14. Nothing here feels like soapboxing; instead, the lyrics are subtle and poignant, with as much emphasis on storytelling as dissent.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JohnR
    Feb 7, 2006
    Some of the best drinking songs ever recorded.