• Record Label:
  • Release Date:
The Fire Theft Image
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Former Sunny Day Real Estate members Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel make their debut as The Fire Theft with this 13-track disc, co-produced by Brad Wood.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. There's no crybaby posing here, no deployment of cliché. Even if SDRE had a hand in the popularization of the emo movement, the Fire Theft's music is much too personal to be anything other than a therapy session, both for Enigk and his musical co-conspirators and friends.
  2. Old fans may dislike their classic-rock ambition and orchestral gloss, but the Fire Theft could be the rare spin-off that equals its progenitor. [10 Oct 2003, p.124]
  3. 70
    A vast, often splendid affair that recalls the lavish expanse of Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd alongside the psychedelic crash of The Who. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  4. Too much of the edge is gone, too much emphasis is placed on guitar solos, and the guitars sound, at times, rather flat and listless.
  5. By trying to apply big rock riffs and 1970s prog structures to Enigk's bare and vulnerable style, the Fire Theft seem to be struggling for a new sound.
  6. The passion that once seeped from the group now appears manufactured.
  7. Oddly formless and forgettable, The Fire Theft finds Sunny Day Real Estate diminished in more ways than one.

See all 12 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. PatM
    Nov 18, 2003
    9
    An astonishing record. Beautiful, subtle and occasionally brutal. More nuanced and textured than SDRE ever was. A much more mature sound at An astonishing record. Beautiful, subtle and occasionally brutal. More nuanced and textured than SDRE ever was. A much more mature sound at this point. Those who wanted SDRE 2.0 may be upset, but The Fire Theft is staggering in it's scope and creativity. Just a beautiful record. Expand
  2. RobMcc
    Dec 10, 2004
    9
    Fools, the lot of you that having something negative to say about the album, If you ever saw them live, they can top 99% of the popular, Fools, the lot of you that having something negative to say about the album, If you ever saw them live, they can top 99% of the popular, radio saturated garbage called nowadyas as alternative. Expand
  3. PatM
    Nov 18, 2003
    9
    An astonishing record. Beautiful, subtle and occasionally brutal. More nuanced and textured than SDRE ever was. A much more mature sound at An astonishing record. Beautiful, subtle and occasionally brutal. More nuanced and textured than SDRE ever was. A much more mature sound at this point. Those who wanted SDRE 2.0 may be upset, but The Fire Theft is staggering in it's scope and creativity. Just a beautiful record. Expand
  4. wackyman
    May 25, 2004
    9
    a beautiful effort the sound is wide and the emotions and words are beautifully fitted into these songs. Although they sound more than a beautiful effort the sound is wide and the emotions and words are beautifully fitted into these songs. Although they sound more than Jane's addiction than Sunny day here, it still shows how they are evolving today Oh yeah and heaven is a truly masterpiece, an instant classic Expand
  5. BMorgan
    Oct 22, 2003
    8
    It is a good album and the band continues to build on the prog-rock tendencies of Sunny Day's last album, The Rising Tide. The only It is a good album and the band continues to build on the prog-rock tendencies of Sunny Day's last album, The Rising Tide. The only thing that does way the album down is the prog-rock tendency. But overall, a welcome return for three Sunny Day principals. Expand