The Fire Theft

  • Record Label: Rykodisc
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2003
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8

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  1. 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 thing that does way the album down is the prog-rock tendency. But overall, a welcome return for three Sunny Day principals.
  2. 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 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
  3. 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, radio saturated garbage called nowadyas as alternative.
  4. 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 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.
  5. 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 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.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The passion that once seeped from the group now appears manufactured.
  2. Spin
    50
    A prog-rock field trip that will give Diary fans something (else) to cry about. [Dec 2003, p.128]
  3. Mojo
    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]