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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
If Fireflies and Songs is any indication, Sara Groves is once and for all throwing caution to the wind. The acclaimed songstress was never one to operate behind filters, but as far back as her breakout single, "The Word," her musings on faith and family always entertained a certain pop sensibility, an everywoman spirit that, for reasons still unexplained, failed to catch the attention of the Christian mainstream. Their loss: she remains one of CCM's singer/songwriters par excellence, a tunesmith every bit as eloquent as colleagues Nichole Nordeman and Cindy Morgan. Groves' sharp penmanship is still her strongest suit, but Fireflies and Songs is different in that it finds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
If Fireflies and Songs is any indication, Sara Groves is once and for all throwing caution to the wind. The acclaimed songstress was never one to operate behind filters, but as far back as her breakout single, "The Word," her musings on faith and family always entertained a certain pop sensibility, an everywoman spirit that, for reasons still unexplained, failed to catch the attention of the Christian mainstream. Their loss: she remains one of CCM's singer/songwriters par excellence, a tunesmith every bit as eloquent as colleagues Nichole Nordeman and Cindy Morgan. Groves' sharp penmanship is still her strongest suit, but Fireflies and Songs is different in that it finds her letting down her guard and abandoning, at least for now, any and all hopes of attaining household status. Instead, she was behooved to do a songwriter's album -- to shift her bird's-eye view off the Christian experience and other issues toward a more vulnerable place: her own strengths and struggles as a mother, wife, and daughter of God. What she unearths in the process is a wealth of lessons learned along the way -- the messiness of marriage, personal inadequacies, and Christ's redemptive power at the end of the road. This level of intimacy calls for a more subdued approach, which veteran producer Charlie Peacock provides by way of simple folk arrangements, understated touches, and a slightly shoegaze ambience. These temperate choices, stately though they may be, render Fireflies and Songs Groves' least listener-friendly endeavor; in a way, she is only coming full circle here, arriving at a very similar place as Conversations, her under-the-radar but revelatory debut. Groves' big break may still be farther than ever before, but it's doubtful she cares: Fireflies and Songs is proof she is in this for the long haul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Integrity Media
  • UPC: 000768471227
  • Catalog Number: 84712
  • Sales rank: 22,108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fireflies and Songs (3:24)
  2. 2 From This One Place (3:40)
  3. 3 Different Kinds of Happy (4:16)
  4. 4 Twice as Good (3:38)
  5. 5 It's Me (5:27)
  6. 6 This House (3:02)
  7. 7 Setting Up the Pins (2:43)
  8. 8 Love (3:11)
  9. 9 Like a Lake (4:38)
  10. 10 Eyes Wide Open (3:30)
  11. 11 Joy Is in Our Hearts (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sara Groves Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Christa Wells Composer
Sara Groves Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sara Groves (Fireflies and Songs)

    What a wonderful set of songs. I love listening to her songs. I have her "Conversations" CD and so glad she put this one out as it is so touching. I can sit and listen to this all day long. Very meaningful songs and beautiful voice. I would recommend anyone to listen and buy this CD or any of her music as this comes truly from her heart. She does so much in her life and much of what she sings about is what she has done-she is a saint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It wasn't great

    After reading several reviews in Christian magazines about how wonderful the new Sara Groves CD was, I decided to give it a try. I have to admit, I was mildly disappointed. It wasn't at all as good as I had expected. Music isn't always an easy thing to review since we all have such different tastes about what we like but if I had to do it over again, I would not buy this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Her Best!

    This album is different than her other ones, and I didn't like it as well when I first heard it. Upon playing it again (and again) and listening to the words, I like it very much. My favorites are From This One Place, A Different Kind of Happy, Eyes Wide Open, and Joy Is In Our Hearts.

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