Fireflies

Fireflies

4.5 131
by Faith Hill
     
 

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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 welcomingSee more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624879428
catalogNumber:
48794
Rank:
11364

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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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