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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…  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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All Music Guide
It's clear from the cover photo on 2005's Fireflies that Faith Hill is beating a retreat from her half-baked, half-successful 2002 pop diva makeover, Cry. Not that the album was bad, or even an outright flop -- it just failed to do what it was intended to do, which was to make Faith Hill a true rival to Shania Twain, where her pop success was as great as her country following. Big and polished Cry may have been, but it just wasn't memorable or hooky enough to be great pop and unlike Shania's very clever everywoman pose, Hill's pop move was too detached, too snooty for her country audience. Since she's no fool, Faith Hill has quickly returned to the country-pop and big ballads that brought her stardom on 1999's Breathe, but that doesn't mean she's not playing it smart and savvy. She's recorded several songs by John Rich -- best known as half of Big & Rich, but also a professional songwriter who is pretty close to being ubiquitous in 2005, in the wake of his duo's success. Here, he proves to be a sharp professional by bringing his craftsmanlike musical skills but not his oversized humor to the table with such songs as the laid-back, breezy "Sunshine and Summertime" and the appealingly slick power ballad "Like We Never Loved at All," delivered with harmonies by Hill's husband, Tim McGraw. Of course, this being a 21st century pop album, he's not the only collaborator or songwriter on board. Longtime Hill producer Byron Gallimore once again produces the great majority of the album, and he's as instrumental in steering Hill back toward the country-pop mainstream as he was in pushing her toward the pop mainstream, helping her deliver a set of strong, professionally crafted songs, highlighted by three selections from acclaimed singer/songwriter Lori McKenna. While it's hard not to wish that Hill had a few more loose, funny numbers like "Dearly Beloved" -- a kissing cousin to the Dixie Chicks' "White Trash Wedding" that's not only the purest dose of fun here, it's also the purest dose of country, too -- this is a good straight-ahead mainstream country album, aiming squarely at the middle of the road and hitting its target perfectly. The songs are solid and square, sounding comfortably familiar on the first listen and growing more memorable with repeated plays, Hill never oversings, and the entire affair is perfectly likable and pleasant -- the kind of thing that will shore up her support after the shaky Cry
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
A winsome new CD that marks her rededication to country music and culture.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faith 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 Credits

Faith 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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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
cute country lite/ pop oriented music
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?!?!?!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.