There's A Fire - Longwave
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  • Summary: John Leckie produced this second major-label release for the now five-member New York band led by Steve Schiltz.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Takes The Strangest Things' dark, occasionally scattershot pop and refines it with sharper songwriting and a slicker approach. [#69, p.100]
  2. 86
    This is beautiful, intense music, trapped in their tiny, distraught world. [#16, p.93]
  3. There are a couple snoozy and wonky moments among the hits, but Longwave is definitely worth warming up to.
  4. The songwriting grows less challenging as the album unfolds, often lacking the kind of vocal performances that provide real traction.
  5. Fire's beauty often feels distant and untouchable. [Sep 2005, p.164]
  6. Eloquently combines elements of pop, spaced-out electronic rock and even dirty garage. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.121]
  7. Despite a few arresting moments, such as the big-muscled title track, the band never stumbles on much that's recognizably its own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. matthew
    Jul 20, 2005
    10
    Gorgeous ablum. Not as immediate as The Strangest Things, but give it a few repeated spins and you'll be adding this to your top ten of the year. Expand
  2. CosmoPrelog
    Jul 20, 2005
    10
    Great Band - Great Album
  3. nelsonf
    Jul 29, 2005
    10
    Top 10 of 2005 Material.
  4. amalia
    Oct 7, 2005
    9
    beautiful and heart-felt.... real. something i haven't heard in most other bands in a long time
  5. DashS
    Jul 27, 2005
    8
    Great album. Lots of great tunes on here. Not superbly innovative like Radiohead, but complex enough to soothe the nay sayers.
  6. MusicMaven
    Aug 18, 2005
    6
    They are still nowhere near as inspired as their contemporaries, but they can write the occasional anthemic chorus or catchy hook. At the moment, I slightly prefer their last album (The Strangest Things), but a few more listens and the tighter production of There's A Fire may change my mind. Expand
  7. Simon
    Sep 12, 2005
    4
    Apart from the first song, this album is a majority of troughs. It

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