The Golden Hour - Firewater
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  • Summary: The sixth album for the indie rock band is led by ex-Cop Shoot Cop member Tod A.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Tod A had to leave the country to write Firewater’s latest, but his quest has resulted in their best album yet. [Summer 2008]
  2. It's some of Firewater's angriest, most poignant, and most accomplished music.
  3. It defies, nay challenges, you not to tap your feet or, heaven forbid, dance.
  4. It’s a testament to the strength of Ashley’s reality, and more importantly his adaptability, that the album holds together at all. Although it draws on half a continent’s worth of source material, The Golden Hour still bears, at every turn, the dark, swaggering cynicism that has always defined Firewater.
  5. When stretching things out to an hour, Firewater—a predecessor to Gogol Bordello, Beirut, and any other indie group assimilating Balkan-esque influences—haven't made a record as concise or clever as it should have been, but they can still knock out an anthem ("6:45") with refreshing confidence.
  6. 60
    Predictably, it's all over the map, but The Golden Hour fizzes with invention. [July 2008, p.106]
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Jun 13, 2008
    The influence of South/Southeast Asian musical traditions, combined with new levels of ferocity in Tod A.'s perennially cynical lyrics, render this album one of Firewater's most inspired efforts yet. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2012
    Consistently strong collection, without a bad song on it. "This Is My Life" is a standout. It's more in the Gogol Bordello neighborhood than the Tom Waits neighborhood (which is where previous Firewater releases were, in my opinion). I imagine if you're not familiar with Tod A's outlook, the lyrical content could get a little wearisome. But as a Cop Shoot Cop fan, I was ready, and really responded to this material. Expand
  3. CharlieQ.
    Jul 17, 2008
    Uniquely fascinating, eminently listenable, entertaining and frequently inspiring. The lead track "Borneo" will stick in your head for weeks.