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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 / Co-op
  • ASIN: B003070ZZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Ask
2. Light It Up
3. It Is Happening Again
4. When We Wake
5. Keeping It Close
6. Count Me Out
7. Heartsink
8. Follow The Lines
9. One More Empty Chair
10. Colours Fade

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BBC Review

Box Of Secrets, the debut album from Brighton’s Blood Red Shoes, was solid enough, but here and there you felt like Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell were chasing a zeitgeist, pulling dance-punk moves because it was the in thing rather than because they, y’know, really felt it.

Not so with its follow-up, Fire Like This. Recorded on analogue equipment with minimal overdubs – a nod, perhaps, to the working methods of Steve Albini, producer of Nirvana’s 1993 swansong In Utero, which Ansell has cited as a touchstone – this is a raw, unfussy rock record that forsakes gloss or studio tricks for instinct and urgency.

The analogue recording, as it happens, does a lot for Blood Red Shoes. Two-piece bands can sometimes feel a bit skinny – remember, they invented the bass guitar for a reason – but the likes of Don’t Ask and It Is Happening Again see Laura-Mary’s guitar invested with a surprising heft. Technically, too, Steven has picked up some tricks, his drumming hard-hitting but complex and creative enough to keep the songs hurtling along at a decent clip.

More surprisingly perhaps, for a record that trumpets its down-to-brass-tacks appeal, there is an impressive variety. Of course, there are anthems – see Keeping It Close and the excellent Count Me Out, which deploys quiet-loud dynamics like a fistful of tossed firecrackers. But there’s also Colours Fade, a Sonic Youth-tinged squall of grizzly discord and cracked snare that sprawls out to an epic seven minutes. And special mention to Laura-Mary’s When We Wake, a beautifully sung reflection on mortality that forsakes big rock moves for quiet choruses and raw feeling. --Louis Pattison

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reviewser TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fire like this is the epic return of Blood Res Shoes after their debut album 'Box of Secrets' and what a follow up.
I remember fondly my short discourse with Steven Ansell last year where I [stupidly] questioned their recording techniques (to do with the distortion of the songs). After a short reply which kind of said that that was the whole aim of box of secrets I saw the whole thing in a new light.
Now Fire Like This picks up from box of secrets with the same wonderful sound that seems to have progressed to a somewhat cleaner performance without loosing any of its post punk pop charm :D

The lyrics are as poignant as ever and the album never really lets off and just keeps on building until the massive climax of 'colours fade'. Some people have complained about the length of the last song, I disagree I think it adds a certain mysticism to the album. It is a nice touch.

I don't want to go into too much detail but if you liked any of their prior material then go for it, this album is more of the same with a nice twist.

If you are new to the band I would say give it a try. Their sound kind of reminds me of Queens of the Stoneage riffs with a bit of Nine inch Nails earlier work with the stars singing (an odd mix i know)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I will admit to having been unaware of Blood Red Shoes existence
until I stumbled across their new album 'Fire Like This'.

They are Laura-May Carter, who sings and plays guitar and
Steven Ansell, who also sings and plays the drums.
I understand that these two young minstrels hail from Brighton
which probably accounts for not a little of their bohemian charm.

Their inoffensive punky-poppy sound has a surprisingly grand
presence given the limitations they have placed upon themselves
with the guitar/drums format. Sometimes the sound is very big indeed.

Their compositional formula is a fairly simple but sonically effective one.
Ms Carter cranks up some chunky energetic riffs, Mr Ansell pounds and
splashes away (sometimes for all he's worth!) behind his kit and either
one or the other of them takes the vocal lead to knit it all together.
Sometimes there are also some simple two-part harmonies to add
interest and density to the proceedings. It's not rocket-science.

The lyrical content of their songs leans towards the meaningful
(as befits the edgy social exposure provided by their seaside home).

On the whole the material is both entertaining and
sufficiently interesting to hold our attention.

Opening track 'Don't Ask' romps along like a new puppy trying
out its oversized paws for the first time. They capture a little
mid-seventies spirit with cunning charm although I cannot
imagine that either of them could have been even a glimmer
in their parents' eyes during that strangely heady era.
The past is there for all to pillage however and they do manage it
with a tad more imagination and verve than some of their forebears.
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By B. Cluyts on 15 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
just as advertised, Perfect!!
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. Hill on 7 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Box Of Secrets, the debut album from Brighton's Blood Red Shoes, was solid enough, but here and there you felt like Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell were chasing a zeitgeist, pulling dance-punk moves because it was the in thing rather than because they, y'know, really felt it.

Not so with its follow-up, Fire Like This. Recorded on analogue equipment with minimal overdubs - a nod, perhaps, to the working methods of Steve Albini, producer of Nirvana's 1993 swansong In Utero, which Ansell has cited as a touchstone - this is a raw, unfussy rock record that forsakes gloss or studio tricks for instinct and urgency.

The analogue recording, as it happens, does a lot for Blood Red Shoes. Two-piece bands can sometimes feel a bit skinny - remember, they invented the bass guitar for a reason - but the likes of Don't Ask and It Is Happening Again see Laura-Mary's guitar invested with a surprising heft. Technically, too, Steven has picked up some tricks, his drumming hard-hitting but complex and creative enough to keep the songs hurtling along at a decent clip.

More surprisingly perhaps, for a record that trumpets its down-to-brass-tacks appeal, there is an impressive variety. Of course, there are anthems - see Keeping It Close and the excellent Count Me Out, which deploys quiet-loud dynamics like a fistful of tossed firecrackers. But there's also Colours Fade, a Sonic Youth-tinged squall of grizzly discord and cracked snare that sprawls out to an epic seven minutes. And special mention to Laura-Mary's When We Wake, a beautifully sung reflection on mortality that forsakes big rock moves for quiet choruses and raw feeling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Why hasn't everyone heard of Blood Red Shoes? 16 Sept. 2010
By Timothy S Thrash - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard this group on the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack and instantly loved their music. I bought both albums instantly off Amazon and I am definitely happy I did. The whole album from beginning to end is 5 stars easily. Great music to listen to no matter what you are doing. I find myself singing along to every song while bouncing to their lovable beats. I recommend everyone give their music a chance. I'm sure if you love fun music that is not American Pop garbage you will enjoy this band.
Surprising second album 2 April 2010
By Lovblad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Second records are allways difficult for any kind of band that has produced an exceptional debut, especially if they were kind of a novelty act. While the novelty has kind of worn off and one had completely forgotten that they existed, Blood Red Shoes have come back and have actually managed to produce an effort that does not disappoint. This is somewhat a great pleasant surprise. Indeed, their format, hot girl fronting a two-piece band with an anemic geeky drummer has its potential limits. Also teh two instrument approach is kind of simple but in this case effective. While the music lacks the poppy feel of the debut it actually rocks harder and the music has a slightly darker side which has brought them a variety that was unexpected. The Cover artwork is really bad however. Overall it is one of the Bristish releases of the year again.
Great sophomore album 22 Jun. 2011
By Azrael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Awesome production, BRS didn't let me down, it may not be as powerful raw as the predecessor, but the tracks are more refined and the album overall shows the growth of BRS as musicians.
WOW, how have I not heard of them before! 4 Jun. 2011
By Stan Tweedle - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is one great album from a great two piece band. I can't believe the power of the sound they can create with just the two of them. Thank you Scott Pilgrim Soundtrack for pointing me to this band with a song that is not on this album (It's Getting Boring by the Sea). Heartsink, Keeping it Close, Colours Fade, and Don't Ask are the best examples of songs on this album that really show that raw, concentrated power these 2 seem to create with ease. Laura-Mary Carter (guitar) & Steven Ansell (drums) share lead vocal duties brilliantly. When We Wake is one amazing song that really fits well on this album, but would not be the song I would choose to accurately represent what to expect from this band. Would love to see their other album, Box of Secrets, in the MP3 download section here instead of having to buy the imported CD.
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 18 Feb. 2011
By Jon Engeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Amazing band - especially live. Box Of Secrets is incredible too. Get whatever you can by them. Musicians beyond compare!!!
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