Firefliesby Faith Hill
Returning from the broader pop arenas she explored on 2002's Cry, Faith Hill proffers a state-of-the-art mainstream country gem in Fireflies, with ambitious, soaring arrangements, stellar support from top-drawer sidemen, and -- the main virtue -- Hill's savvy vocalizing. She employs her soaring pipes in a variety of welcoming/i>/i>/a>… See more details below
Returning from the broader pop arenas she explored on 2002's Cry, Faith Hill proffers a state-of-the-art mainstream country gem in Fireflies, with ambitious, soaring arrangements, stellar support from top-drawer sidemen, and -- the main virtue -- Hill's savvy vocalizing. She employs her soaring pipes in a variety of welcoming settings: the hard-driving, honky-tonk-tinged celebration of lasting love in "Dearly Beloved"; the rootsy kiss-off ballad "I Ain't Gonna Take It Anymore"; the anguished drama of the tear-stained power ballad "Like We Never Loved At All," a duet with hubby and co-producer Tim McGraw, appearing as his studio alter ego, Byron Gallimore. (Incidentally, this track sounds like it would be right in Trisha Yearwood's wheelhouse.) Hill also knows how to choose a well-crafted tune, selecting, among others, a handful of songs penned by John Rich of Big & Rich, including the rowdy, biographical single "Mississippi Girl" and the lighthearted pop ebullience of "Sunshine and Summertime," which sounds like an instant seasonal classic. On a more serious note, she delves into drama-rich introspection on the yearning lover's vow "If You Ask" and even some topical, post-9/11 commentary on the urgent "We've Got Nothing but Love to Prove." Settle in: Fireflies looks to be buzzing around for quite some time.
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- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsFaith Hill Primary Artist
Rhonda Vincent Background Vocals
Kelly Willis Background Vocals
Mike Henderson Electric Guitar
Steve Cohn Accordion
Bruce Dukov Violin
Eric Darken Percussion,Bass Guitar
Javier Solís Percussion
Tim McGraw Background Vocals
Greg Barnhill Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Bruce Bouton Dobro,Steel Guitar
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Denyse Buffum Viola
Paul Bushnell Bass,Bass Guitar
Darius Campo Violin
John Catchings Cello
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Larry Corbett Cello
Dan Dugmore Banjo,Dobro,Percussion
Stuart Duncan Mandolin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Shannon Forrest Percussion,Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Byron Gallimore Organ,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Cello
Endre Granat Violin
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar,Electronic Mandolin
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Dann Huff Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Jay Joyce Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Charles Judge Organ,Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Roland Kato Viola
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Michael Markman Violin
Chris McHugh Drums
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Gordon Mote Piano
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Weissenborn
Crystal Taliefero Background Vocals
Josefina Vergara Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Glenn Worf Bass,Bass Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle,Mandolin
Susan Chatman Violin
Jimmy Nichols Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Robert Peterson Violin
Suzie Katayama Cello
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Tim Lauer Accordion
Brett E. Warren Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Sara Parkins Violin
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roberto Cani Violin
Bob Becker Viola
Dan Smith Cello
Robert Matsuda Violin
Shannon Forest Drums
Steve Richards Cello
Michele Richards Violin
Dan Tobin Smith Cello
Mario de León Violin
Technical CreditsFaith Hill Producer,Audio Production
Derek Bason Engineer
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Byron Gallimore Producer,Audio Production
Mark Hagen Engineer
Dann Huff Producer,Audio Production
Jay Joyce Composer
Julian King Engineer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Gene Miller Vocal Treatments
Justin Niebank Engineer
John Paterno Engineer
Chris Rowe Digital Editing
Darrell Scott Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Suzie Katayama Orchestral Coordinator
Bobby Terry Composer
Gordie Sampson Composer
James Calloway Engineer
Vicky McGehee Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Scot Sax Composer
Bobby Tomberlin Composer
Kevin Brandt Composer
Blair Daly Composer
Erik Lutkins Engineer,Digital Editing
Brady Barnett Engineer
Lori McKenna Composer
Brad Warren Composer
Georgia Middleman Composer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Jason Gantt Engineer
Adam Shoenfeld Composer
Troy Verges Composer
Jesse Chrisman Engineer
Sara Lesher Engineer
John Rich Composer
David Bryant Engineer
Fred Wilhelm Composer
Rodney Clawson Composer
Andrea Stolpe Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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Apparently, Faith Hill got over her aspirations of being a pop singer. Also of being an actress. Now, she just wants to be a good, old country girl. The stripped production of Fireflies is a good move away from the over cooked Cry, however, it serves mostly as a reminder that Hill is so far removed from anything country that she confuses accoutic with country. This would not be so probelmatic where it not for the fact that her first single is all about how country she is--ironically in a soft rock song. Mississippi Girl only highlights one of the fundimental problems with Hill, her lack of connection with her material. Hill feels more like she is selling a song than connecting with it, and, unfortunately, if you have to sell a song like Mississippi Girl, people aren't buying. And, unfortunately, her vocals are a help and a hinderance as Hill relies more on style and power than on subtle nuances that would makes the songs sparkle and resonate. Hill's vanilla vocals work well on such songs as "Mississippi Girl" and "Paris." However, on a song like "Like We Never Loved" which requires more grit or "I Ain't Gonna Take It" which requires more muscle or even just "Dearly Beloved" which requires only a truely country vocal, Hill cannot drag herself out of her prettiest-preincess-in-the-pagent box to change it up. And, on a song like "If You Ask" her habit of mistaking volume with emotion completely detracts from the songs focus and meaning. Listening to Hill reminds one of some of the better also-rans on American Idol. Specifically, two favored critiques: "Potenital" and "It was good but so what." Faith Hill has POTENTIALLY the best technical voice in country music. However, both Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne have nearly the same voices. The difference is that both of them move forward with every album and deliver with every album something that knocks your socks off. The most that can be said for Fireflies is that Faith Hill is back to where she was 10 years ago. She needs to be listening to what is going on in country music now and growing along with that. It is only when she becomes aware of her sorounding and learns from fellow artists that Hill will uncover the potential she showed on such albums as "It Matters To Me."
I absolutely LOVE her newest song, "Mississippi Girl", it has a more country vibe to it, which brings faith back to her country roots!!! I LOVE IT!!! makes ME want to be a mississippi girl, but i'm a TEXAS girl, and i wouldn't want to change that for the world!!!
I've had the chance to listen to this album and it's more of her same pop drabble. If you love pop music you'll love this CD. If it's traditional country music you're after, I'd keep looking because you won't find it here.
Don't listen to the recent reviewer that that says this album is POP, they obiviously have not heard this album. I have had the chance to hear a advance copy and it is excellent from start to finish. The production is stellar, very low key and it lets her vice shine. The songwriting is the best she has ever had. The artist Lori McKenna contibuted 3 songs to this album, they are standouts that for sure. If any of you don't know her work she has been compared to Rosanna Cash, Kasey Chambers and others. Great writer and Faith nails her version of the songs. The duet with her husband is a MOMSTER hit waiting to happen. The best they have ever done, filled with passion. This time it is not a lovey dovey song, but one filled with hurt and pain over a ending of a relationship. You don't want to miss this album, excellent, and country.
This album is amazing!! Faith has never sounded better! This is her best work to date! Her voice is just stunning on this album. I liked her latest album Cry, but I thought something was missing on that album and I was hoping that her next album would be more up to par with the Faith that I fell in love with, and this album exceeds my expectations and then some! The duet with Tim, her next single, will be a HUGE hit, guaranteed! What passion in that song!
When will Country artists start singing country music again? I agree with the other review which stated this is pop music. If you love pop, then you should buy this CD. If it's country you're after, you won't find it in this release.
I bought this album hoping for fun country music like the first release "mississippi girl", unfortunately that is the only song on the album i like. everything here is depressing, who wants that in the summer.
NO REAL CATCHY TOONS HERE JUSTS DRONES ON AND ON WISH I HAD MY MONEY BACK! SHOULD CALL THE ALBUM STEALING MONEY
I was a Faith fan early on but have really been disappointed by this CD. I kept an open mind as they said she was returning to country. The CD is mostly pop, which ALL sounds the same and a few country songs thrown in so she can get some country radio play but I would save your money and wait for the highlights on her Greatest Hits. The only bright spot is her duet with Tim McGraw.
Every song on Faith's Fireflies cd is a worthy single! I'm so glad Faith does something different with each album! It's Great!
Only the 1st three tracks have any life in them. The rest are tired album fillers which quite frankly are dull and boring. Also the title track you would expect to be one of the better ones, unfortunately this is not the case.
We are so happy Faith is back, but most of all she has come back with a masterpiece with Fireflies. We will see #1's and top #5's in some of them. Faith is a great singer and can perform with that kind of real emotion, the way it should be done. Great lyrics and acoustic on Fireflies. A "must have" in you collection.
I have loved all of Faith's albums but this one just drags... Except for Mississippi Girl and Like We Never Loved At All, the songs are just boring. I expected MUCH more.
This album is one of the best albums faith has from UPbeat Mississippi GIrl to A great Duet with Her hubby Tim Mcgraw. This cd has so many of mixtures of style of music. so if u a country or pop u will still enjoy this album. This a must have for any Faith Hill Fan!
This album will blow you away with Faith's amazing vocals and outstanding songs! She has chosen songs that truly showcase her voice and they sound out of this world! This album is definately her best!
cute country lite/ pop oriented music
This is got to be one of Faith's best album's. Every song on here is excellent and her voice is beautiful. It has been 3 years and it was well worth the wait. Don't miss out on this album It is a must have.:)
I have all of Faith Hill's CDs. It is interesting to see how far she has gone in her musical career and the genres of music she has attempted. Her Breathe album, in my opinion, is still one of her best to date. Fireflies, however, falls short in igniting her listeners after a three year wait and the CD does not showcase Faith's true talents as one of country music's leading ladies. Songs worth listening to include: "Mississippi Girl", "Fireflies", "Like We Never Loved At All" (with Time McGraw) and "Sunshine and Summertime." If you are a Faith Hill fan, this 13-track CD is worth, at least, listening to. (The bonus track, "Paris," could have been left off.)
Apart from the first 3 tracks this is a dull once paced album full of ballads which if you want to be put to sleep is fine. Take my advice and save your cash cause this just does not cut it in anyway. To wait 3 years to produce this is poor
This is a great CD... the more you listen the better it is. There are some nice up beat songs, songs to make you think, songs about love and songs to just enjoy. It is a great CD and I recommend it!
Faith has done an incredible job with this CD. Her voice, style, and range are as good as ever, even after the several years without a CD. Those who are out there looking for a pop CD may be very disappointed, but the country world will be very glad to welcome her back. (And for those who say this is pop...did you listen AT ALL?!?! Just put on Dearly Beloved...she even says Ya'll...what else DO you want?!?!?!)
This album was definately waiting almost three years for. It shows the roots of Faith. From Honky Tonk like in "Dearly Beloved" to upbeat like in "Sunshine & Summertime." If I had to wait another three years, heck another 5 years for an album as spectacular as this. By golly I would. This is yet Faith's BEST work!
This CD is wonderful! Fireflies is reminiscent of Faiths' earlier music. My favorites are Mississippi Girl, Dearly Beloved, Stealing Kisses, & Wish For You. This CD is well worth every penny I spent for it.
I have been a fan of Faith's since the beginning of her career. She turned me on to country music. I have all of her albums and I have been waiting for this one for awhile. In my opinion, this is her best one yet, and I think its the strongest comeback I have seen for anyone!! I enjoy the album so much that I listen to it 5 or more times a day. My favorite songs on the album are "Mississippi Girl" (which I think was great to put on radio), "Like We Never Loved at All" (Tim's background vocals are awesome), and after listening to "Paris", I think that has become my favorite over all. The fact is, on this album, I cannot pick a favorite. They are great in every way possible. Its an awesome album and I love it. Way to go Faith!!!! Because of this and being a fan of Faith, I even joined an online squad and my username is FaithNTimRock.