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The Fire Theft CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000CABFR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Uncle Mountain
2. Interlude
3. Oceans Apart
4. Chain
5. Backward Blues
6. Summertime
7. Houses
8. Waste Time
9. Heaven
10. Rubber Bands
11. It's Over
12. Carry You
13. Sinatra

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THE FIRE THEFT The Fire Theft (2003 UK 12-track CD by the band that is essentially Sunny Day Real Estate the pioneers of modern Emo without guitarist Dan Hoerner. The album is deep emotive intelligent and dynamic - Something that you can either rock to or chill to great foldout didgipack picture sleeve with full lyrics inside! RCD10642)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By disco_daveuk on 23 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
However you want to typecast this band, always bear in mind that their original incarnation were the pioneers of modern emo.
Sunny Day Real Estate never achieved million selling status but that didn't matter, they were producing music that didn't fit the mold, soaking it in alt time sigs and meandering melodies which worked beautiful with Jeremy Enigks versatile vocals.
They split in 2001, but not before releasing final album 'The Rising Tide', an opus which saw an increasingly experimental sound developing.
The Fire Theft it would appear are looking to venture further down this road than their previous incarnation dared.
The band are Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel, all original SDRE members. With this album the trio have managed to produce a thing of immense beauty but more importantly, imagination. With many of the tracks boasting full orchestral backing and electronics, the guitar sounds are sometimes pushed to the background whilst at other times they soar over all else.
First single 'chain' is probably the closest they will ever get to a true pop song, but this is not a problem. The Fire Theft is an extremely good album to rock to and to chill to, eclectic is perhaps not quite generous enough. The only issue you may have with this is album is that of expectations...but you will get over it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mak on 1 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of one track which featured on a complimentary CD attached to an issue of MOJO magazine.
The album is deep, emotive, intelligent and dynamic. Excellent lead vocals are a big featuer plus great all round musicianship.
Sometimes veers towards prog rock but never arrives there.
Cant stop playing it.
Good luck to them
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "nick_whitehead" on 11 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved Sunny day real Estate but...sit back and listen to this. Take my word for it, it sounds like nothing else.
'Uncle Mountain' ...Jesus, its breathtaking.
An understated epic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trespasser Films on 18 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Don't expect too much Sunny Day because this is a new band with new ideas and i think they have reached new musical places.
Its a fantastic genre defying record and after seeing them perform it live i am even more confident when i say "buy this record!"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It's no Sunny Day Real Estate, but it's not supposed to be.. 22 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've read many complaints about this CD and how it does not sound like "Diary" or various other SDRE recordings, but they all need to realize one thing...this isn't SDRE, this is The Fire Theft. A new band, with a new feeling towards music and life itself.
Uncle Mountain- a peaceful opener, i think they could have placed a more energetic song to open with, but hey, i'm not Jeremy Engnik. Cool guitar solo that sounds very dissonant over the chords being phrased by the rest of the instruments. Beautiful string synths. Great vocals and lyrics.
Wasting Time Segue- a peaceful interlude to get you more settled into the album. Beautiful piano
Oceans Apart- Incredible vocals and harmonies. Very reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. Beautiful
Chain- the album's first single. Not my favorite song, but good nonetheless. A very cool 3/4 timing.
Backwards Blues- another instrumental. weak in my opinion. not to worry...
Summertime- probably the first INCREDIBLE song on the album. Very dissonant horns in the backround. Very image-inflicting lyrics. Very dynamic in an unlikley way. The song builds only to get quiet...if that makes any sense...
Houses- absolutley beautiful. Glockenspiels in the backround are very reminiscent of something off of Radiohead's Kid A, or the icelandic bands like Sigur Ros or Mum...
Waste Time- A straight-forward rock song, if there ever was one on this record. cool synth fills
Heaven- Jeremy on piano again. It's a bit of a dead spot on the album. still worth a listen
Rubber Bands- I picked up on a very STP-esque vibe from this song. Very cool. Some time-changes feel very unnatural, and it is another instrumental. A bit of a jam actually, but very cool.
It's Over- Jeremy seems to be giving off some anger on this song. Another great rocker.
Carry You- this is my favorite song on the entire record. The first pre-chorus and chorus give me goosebumps every single time i hear it. absolutley stunning
Sinatra- this is the most complex song on the record, clocking in at 15 minutes. The song starts off with a mellotron, giving off a Beatles vibe, then builds into the rest of the song, then breaks down into a jam, then into a 6 or 7 minute ethereal album outro that almost deserves a track of its own...
Great record
4 out of 5
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The Next Logical Step... 24 Sept. 2003
By K. Vaughn - Published on
Format: Audio CD
O.K. There have been some mixed reviews of this album. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and so it shows. I first heard "Diary" from Sunny Day Real Estate in 1994 when I was 16. Of course it changed my musical taste from then on. When "LP2" was released, it was not the most appealing album. It felt unfocused and scattered. After constant listens over the years, it is now my favorite album of all time. When the band regrouped in 1998 and released "How it Feels to be Something On" I felt betrayed. Where had all of the angst driven guitars and vocals gone? Their sound had taken on a new meaning and new direction and obviously, not everyone was on board. Again, after constant listens and experiencing the band live twice on that tour, I came to love every song and appreciate the beauty beneath.
Two years later, the band left Sub Pop, signs to Time Bomb and releases "The Rising Tide". Again, upon first listen, I was very dissapointed. What were they thinking? I didn't understand the new direction. I argued with my good friend about it endlessly. I listened to the album almost everyday for at least two months. Suddenly, I began singing along with every word that passed and even picked up my acoustic and began playing along. I loved it. Less than a year later, the band gets dropped from Time Bomb and decides to call it quits for the last time. Then after waiting for over a year, I hear that the band is regrouping without Dan and calling themselves "The Fire Theft". I was eager and curious to hear the new material. I purchased the the demos off of Ebay and I was pretty impressed. I couldn't get past "Chain", which was the first song on the CD. Jeremy's voice never tires even after nine years.
The point of all of this is that as time passes, music changes, people grow older and priorities take a different direction. What's funny is that some reviewers still refer to them as "Emo". It's sad how loosley that term is thrown around lately. Every legitimate "Emo" band has either broken up or changed their sound so significantly as not to be lumped in with all of these new bands that are just jumping on a band wagon that left almost ten years ago and are looking for the same respect as bands that actually defined a sound and pushed it forward. Sorry, it didn't take Carson Daly and MTV2 to tell me that it's cool to be "Emo". Dashboard Confessional, The Used, Vendetta Red, Taking Back Sunday, Count the Stars, New Found Glory, Finch, etc....Sorry, I don't buy your music. I laugh at most and think, "Your a little Late aren't you?" Gone are the days of Braid, the Promise Ring, Joan of Arc, Embrace, Rites of Spring, Jawbox, Christie Front Drive, Drive Like Jehu, and even Sunny Day Real Estate.
This album is perfect in it's way. Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe they are musically spent? Trying a new sound or taking bold leaps against the grain is challenging enough. This album is lush and simple, yet beautiful and haunting at the same time. But I suppose you can either go with the flow or jump off and find another bus to ride. Of course, this is just my opinion and it is neither right nor wrong. I think it's a good step for them. They are doing what makes them happy, and in the end, that's what counts.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What a surprise 8 July 2005
By wms - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I think the 62 reviews already written have pretty much covered it. This album blew me away. I expected something I would enjoy, but had no idea how amazing this album was going to be.

I too cannot believe this album didn't completely explode. Bravo!

Seriously, this album is really, really good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Things change 16 Jun. 2006
By Tommy M. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The talent is evident, but none of the songs demand to be heard like before. And since I got into SDRE very recently, I can confidently say that nostalgia does not affect my judgement here. The Fire Theft sounds more like craftsmanship than artistry. I get the same magic that I did from How It Feels (my favorite album of theirs), but it only lasts for a section of a song here and there. It seems as though the source of their inspiration has moved away from what moves me. And what moves me no longer moves them.

It's almost like running into an old girlfriend and finding out that you have nothing in common any more. She's forgotten all the things you like and is into things that you don't think are very interesting. In both cases, though, we at least have the memories to fall back on. And in the case of SDRE/Fire Theft, we even have the old albums we can pop in the player any time. If this album disappoints you as it did me, do not lament. Instead, listen to the earlier stuff again and celebrate the fact that those albums were made in the first place and are still in print.

In their continuing quest to evolve, I think they've made a few missteps, like the minute-long outro that takes the fire right out of the otherwise dark and propulsive "Carry You." Experimentally entertaining, yes, but I wish they had cut the last section into a separate segue track. I think that section stands better on its own as a separate piece and would be all the more interesting for its featured placement.

The self-titled album is certainly a respectable artistic achievement. They haven't gone overboard into adult contemporary or something. They haven't sold out to the synth like so many bands tragically did in the 80s. And while the strings are a bit much, they never feel like an attempt to artificially inflate the appeal of a song. It's just workmanlike by comparison. Passion for making music is still strong, but the often harrowing sonic therapy of their earlier work has apparently been concluded to Enigk's satisfaction. The nearly schizophrenic highs and lows and unique sound that made them a magnetic listen have solved with the pill of time, and what's left is sturdy, pleasant, and not especially memorable.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It gets no better than this. 7 May 2005
By Geoffrey J. Braboy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD is amazing. I cannot believe it has not completely exploded, a fact that alone makes it that much more treasured in my collection. Jeremy Enigk has obviously perfected his voice in the years since breaking SDRE down into a trio(I'm a big Sunny Day fan as well, though). The opening chords of "Uncle Mountain" set the mood for the entire album, and you sit in eager anticipation for the cd to explode with emotion and passion, which it does track after track. To accompany some of the most amazing lyrics ever layed down are the perfect screaming, finger picking chords of zen-like guitar mastery. If you want a taste of what The Fire Theft has to offer, check out "Summertime", "Uncle Mountain", and "Heaven". However, be advised, the CD is most enjoyable when listened to front to back. It's the perfect ride in its entirety.
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