Fireflight - For Those Who Wait

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Christian, Rock
Flicker Records
Fireflight
For Those Who Wait
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For followers of the Christian rock scene, Fireflight are undoubtedly a familiar force. The band - hailing from Orlando, Florida - have been active for a decade, and for the majority of the time churning out straightforward power rock, filled with celestial spirit and courageously enforced by vocalist Dawn Michelle. From their 2006 Christian-grunge label-debut The Healing Of Harms to 2008's highly anticipated follow-up, Unbreakable - an album which charted at #15 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and produced three Christian rock radio #1's, it seems inevitable that with their fourth studio album, Fireflight can only burn brighter and fly higher...

Enigmatically titled and with apocalyptic artwork, For Those Who Wait can certainly be described as intriguing from the outside looking in, but once you explore the core of Fireflight's affliction, a rather routine, run-of-the-mill effort is revealed. The quintet simply fail to think outside the box, curbing any potential creativity and preferring a generic radio grunge-rock sound, throughout. For Those Who Wait may descend on a 'brand new day' for Fireflight, but it certainly offers little distinguishable and dynamic that constitutes to being worthy of a two-year wait.

The title track and opener serves as an emphatic entrance, with a thumping declaration that 'this is for those wait'. Keeping strong, the single "Desperate" soon follows. While being a strong contender for radio success, the song is predictable, recycling a formula of fiery vocals and faux-heavy, generic riffs with tacky backing vocals inhabiting the chorus. In short, it sounds like half the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, but also half of For Those Who Wait. "New Perspective" and "Core Of My Addiction" tick every box in the Christian cliché checklist, and fall into the same category as "Desperate", with the primary focus being allocated to creating power-rock songs with colossal choruses. In reality, I'd probably be calling this a landmark album in the Christian rock scene had Fireflight decided to experiment slightly more - the aforementioned songs are good, but their formula is overkill, especially when done 9 times on an album. A joke is only funny the first few times. "Name" is a beautiful piano ballad, straying away from the usual inferiority provided by lone-standing piano ballads, telling a tear-jerking story in an elegant and emotive fashion. It's disappointing that Fireflight don't adopt this exploratory tone more often, as the remainder of the album continues to churn out power-grunge radio efforts, such as "What I've Overcome', which sounds like a Flyleaf b-side.

After the success of Unbreakable, Fireflight have returned; this time, mesmerized by the bright lights of radio success, and content to remain within their comfort zone. The album will probably provide a few radio singles, and will please fans, but it won't amaze fans. There is no 'new perspective' present, but the band do what they do well, albeit excessively. Fireflight's claim that their fourth studio album is 'for those who wait' begs the question: was this truly worth the wait? I say, keep waiting...

1. For Those Who Wait
2. Desperate
3. Fire In My Eyes
4. Core of My Addiction
5. What I’ve Overcome
6. Name
7. New Perspective
8. You Give Me That Feeling
9. All I Need To Be
10. Recovery Begins

Premiere rock band Fireflight continues to gain national exposure and acclaim, nominated for Artist of the Year at the 40th Annual Dove Awards, and performing at ESPN’s “Winter X Games 13,”after being named “Best of the Beat” through Taco Bell’s inaugural fan-voted “Feed the Beat” contest. Fireflight has released its third album, titled For Those Who Wait, on Feb. 9, as the new single “Desperate” is currently impacting Christian radio.

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