Wait a sec, why is no one talking about the fact that Eric Holljes co-wrote "Cooler than me" with Mike Posner, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and probably netted him quite a few thou ?!? None of us should be surprised that they're shooting for the top forty once again. In fact, that's probably as much of a reason for their record deal as anything else in this or the other story.
After reading the review and the comments section (Oh feisty triangle, I miss you), I decided to grab a cup of tea and cue up "Carry the Fire" on Spotify for a nice little morning listen myself.
Let's be honest, the women really drive the vocals in this group. All of the female led songs are pretty good, even if it they remind me of that annoying theater girl from high school... or any glee episode. Seriously, cant you just picture Lea Michelle singing along to this? Fire (the namesake?) wants so badly to be Adele it's fun to listen to them try. And bottom of the river is a catcy earworm of a jam, but it does seem that they are trying to portray a more hollywood version of the south than they really know. I think these songs are where the fervent fans are bubbling up from, and it's probably fair: these women have pipes and there's a market for glee-rock. As for the male led songs, well Grayson nailed it. They're Sufjan at best, chic-fil-a-family-values-christian rock at their worst, and absolutely forgettable. If I have to hear them say "lift you up" one more time I think I'm going to cancel my spotify subscription.
The practice of critiquing a critique on here is pretty fun to follow, but it points out that this band has adamant fans... even if they're more similar to beliebers than to the awesome musicians/fans who truly make up the triangle music scene. But that's probably why they were signed to Sire to begin with.
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