Fireflies

Fireflies

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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 welcoming

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624879428
catalogNumber:
48794
Rank:
38974

Tracks

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
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
Sarah Parkins   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
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
Brady Barnett   Engineer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Georgia Middleman   Composer
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

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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
Got to say that Faith Hill doesn't seem to suprise me when it comes to her music. After 5 years of being out, she comes back with a great cd. Not to mention that duet with hubby Tim McGraw...Awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is in my opinion the best cd faith has put out! I love all the songs!! they are all heartfelt, the way she sings!!! this is a definite 5+++++++++ stars!!! Please listen and buy this cd!!!
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
I have been waiting for this album to come for 2 years and it was well worth the wait. Her voice is so pure on this album its breathtaking. It makes you want to turn it up real loud in your car, house, ipod, discman whatever you listen too just to hear her voice. Thats what first attracted me to her music and it was brought back and well apparent in this album. The titletrack speaks for itself and a few other favorites include "Like We Never Loved at All" with her hubby Tim, "The Lucky One" written by the Warren Brothers, "Fireflies", "I Want You" and "Paris". There is a great down home country song called "Dearly Beloved" that cracks me up. It makes you want to get up and dance and has very humorous lyrics to it. I suggest you run, not walk and go get this CD to add to your collections of Grammy Hits, because it will be the next Album of her to get a Grammy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cd rocked my world i have always liked faith hill but this cd blew me away it just has all different types of songs on the cd not just slow or fast it is a great mix of music everything is so diverse.....if you havent gotten it i would go say buy it-kabrillowski-
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is a great singer. This album is so great and the songs are awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the bomb!! I love every song. Faith's voice rocks and soothes the soul.I-Squad:snakelady
Guest More than 1 year ago
i couldnt wait for this cd to come out, i coulkldnt imagine why it was taking so long, and now that it is here it was worth every minute of waiting. i cant wait to see her on tour. sctprop
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith's new CD is amazing and without a doubt she is back better then ever. She hasn't lost anything with her time off. Every song on the CD is well written and wonderfully song. Just put the CD in the CD player and turn it on, you will love every song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am absolutly blown away by this album. Faith's voice is at it's finest and showcased so beautifully on the songs chosen for this album. This is Faith's best work to date (in my opinion). There are uptempo songs that make you want to dance around and there are touching songs that leave you reflecting on life. Such a range of emotions that we can all relate to. The "country" sound and feel are back in her music and better than ever. She truly has outdone herself with this work. You will not be disappointed! Check out Fireflies, Like We Never Loved at All (a new duet with Tim McGraw), We've Got Nothing But Love to Prove, and The Lucky One...just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this album! It is my fave along with..well, all of hers. I'm so glad she's back in country music, and she has been missed! Great job, Faith! (isquad member: GeorgiaFlash
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album by far has the most talented singer and band out there. There is not one song that doesn't amaze me. The songwriters for this album are outstanding. This is a must have CD you wont be disappointed. leasemay
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album the day it came out, and was amazed on how truthful songs can be! You can tell Faith Hill put her heart into each song. You should definately buy this album! faithlovernproud
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love the album. Whether or not you're a Faith Hill fan I definatly think you'll enjoy the album. The vocals are awsome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Faith's new album! This one makes me laugh, cry, smile & sing out loud. A must have. dnshockey
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best cd from Faith Hill to date. The songs are fun, soulful, sad, just so many emotions!! I haven't listened to anything since I bought it. I would tell anyone to buy this album, it's that good!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this CD and the songs are wonderful and I like Faith Hill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Faith Hill's music, I really do, even though I'm not that into country. All of the tracks on this CD are well written, especially the pretty melody "Fireflies" which reawakned my inner child. She proves once again that she can belt out a tune on the song "Like We Never Loved at All," which hubby Tim McGraw accompanies her on. She has a set of pipes, that's for sure, and while this CD roams back more to her country roots, it's still enjoyable for pop listeners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is finally here! Great cd by a great artist. Loved the song she sang with her husband Tim Mcgraw and nice to see she has returned to her country roots. Definitly worth having in my Tim/Faith collection. i-squad, angabi
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith is back with her best album yet! It i a mix of her heart, soul, vocal talent, and TIM! The songs are mostly a little slower in tempo but she dserves every bit of credit she can get for this album. It opens with a party(Sunshine and Summertime) runs through the title track (fireflies, about being able to dream and hold on to that dream, love it.) to the bald that sums up how beautiful Faith's voice really is(Paris). Keep bring the music Faith. Allways a Fan. I-squad faith_fan05.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing the first title from this album "Mississippi Girl" on the radio, I knew that I needed this CD for my collection. This song spoke to me. Even though I'm a West Virginia girl, the song applies to my life. It has just the right mix of country w/ both a pop and blue grass feel. It is a Faith Hill Fan must. Faith rules.
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
I have been a big fan of Faith ever since I was ten years old and I am now 17. I have all of her cds and I love. To no suprise her latest album "FIREFLIES" is yet another great album from Faith. She has many upbeat songs like Sunshine and summertime, MS girl, dearly beloved, Etc. This whole Cd is awesome so you're really missing out if you don't buy it.