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FIRE SONGS

Fire Songs


On their first full-length album, the Watson Twins sound as if they're stepping back a bit from the folky Appalachian tone of their earlier work into an alternate reality where Natalie Merchant has taken over as lead singer of Mazzy Star. Fire Songs doesn't quite match the languid, semi-psychedelic tone of Mazzy Star, but there's a subtle, easygoing but melancholy drift to the music that at least puts it in the same ballpark, and Chandra and Leigh Watson's vocals have a sincere, personable Earth Mother tone that keeps this rooted in a recognizable reality even when they float into the land of dreams. Russell Pollard and Jason Soda of Everest produced the album, and they've given the songs an atmospheric ambience that suits the melodies, and though there's a tone of playful innocence to some of these tracks, especially the stripped-down blue-eyed soul of "How Am I to Be" and the '70s-style Laurel Canyon balladeering of "Bar Woman Blues," most of the selections cut a good bit deeper than that, and both the arrangements and the sweet but full-bodied vocals are able to carry the weight of "Sky Opened Up" and "Map to Where You Are." And while some acts working along these lines would cover the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" with tongue firmly in cheek, in this context it sounds much like the songs that surround it, and the Watsons show the fine pop tune the respect and dignity it deserves. This may be the Watson Twins' first proper album, but Fire Songs at once confirms the promise of their earlier EP and their work with Jenny Lewis while staking out a stronger and more complex identity of their own, and hopefully it's the first of several personal and compelling albums from the siblings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Northgate
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  • Label: Vanguard
  • UPC: 015707985925
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Track listings

  • 1. How Am I To Be
  • 2. Lady Love Me
  • 3. Fall
  • 4. Just Like Heaven
  • 5. Map To Where You Are
  • 6. Dig A Little Deeper
  • 7. Sky Open Up
  • 8. Bar Woman Blues
  • 9. Only You
  • 10. Old Ways
  • 11. Waves
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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