The Firefly’s released their second record ‘Cathedral For Your Ashes’ much earlier this year and it’s quite the record. Although it’s probably a tad too poppy for my usual taste, in fact it most definitely is. I still think that this is a fantastic soft rock album that has been written exceptionally well. I would say this record will bode well for the mainstream and is incredibly radio friendly.
I think everyone should really listen to this record at least once as it is filled with fantastic guitar solos and riffs from Lee Wylding. Solid (and I mean solid) bass lines. Andie Packer is flying the female drummer flag high and this whole album is great in so many different ways. It is definitely a grower and needs to be listened to a few times. Each time you get a little more lost in the guitar work on ‘Jenny, Play Your Guitar’ or especially ‘Is He Hurting You?’ and ‘Dear Emily’, a personal favourite of mine in that respect. It’s on these tracks and similar I think this band really stand out.
I also like the more up-beat tracks like ‘Pack a Punch’ where Lee’s vocals get slightly rougher, perhaps more gravelly in places in which it sounds more excited and hungry. I like that and would have liked to see this raspy tone a little more throughout the album.
Stephen Roberts on bass has some fantastic stand out bass lines – especially on tracks such as ‘Rolling River’ where you can hear he is able to stretch his legs a bit and really gets into the funk of the track.
Clearly very talented musicians, The Firefly’s have done well on their second release and the third is already being planned for release in the first half of 2013. I would like to hear a slightly more raucous and up-beat tone to the new album as the majority of songs on ‘Cathedral For Your Ashes’ are quite subdued. There have been a few occasions where I have been dying for the songs to get heavier or take a thunderous drum solo here and there.
‘Cathedral For Your Ashes’ is an incredibly strong album which is played and written incredibly well with lots of outstanding guitar work.