Fireflies

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.

A winsome new CD that marks her rededication to country music and culture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624879428
  • Catalog Number: 48794
  • Sales rank: 31,954

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back In Bland

    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."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I really like this CD and the songs are wonderful and I like Faith Hill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JDO RN music/book lover

    Yuck!! She has done way better than this! Sorry, save your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What is wrong people!!!

    This was an awful CD!! She has an ok voice but she doesnt use it right.. and what is up with the frizzy look1?!?!?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever!!!!

    I have several of Faith Hill's CDs but Fireflies is the best ever. She is absolutely magnificent. It's a different Faith Hill and better than ever although I didn't think she could be better. I listen to it every day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you havent gotten this CD BUY IT

    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-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FireFlies!

    This album is the bomb!! I love every song. Faith's voice rocks and soothes the soul.I-Squad:snakelady

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Always #1 in my book

    I love Faith's new album! This one makes me laugh, cry, smile & sing out loud. A must have. dnshockey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love her voice more than ever

    She sounds awesome! Good song choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fireflies

    This is one of faith hill's best cds. I love every song on here everyone should pick up this cd you will not be dissappointed. xbloodytearsx.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this music

    I love FireFlies so much I listen to it when i go to sleep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I reviewed Fireflies!!

    Faith's new cd is amazing!!! it just lifts ur whole spirit into new life IM am part of i-squad!!!!!---collegegal210

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Reveiwed Fireflies!

    I got the CD at 12 Midnight on the night of Monday August 1st. I just couldnt wait longer then that. I listened to it hopping it would be better then what my favorite artist came out with a few years ago, Cry. Well I listend and I loved it. The songs are just great! I love Like We Never Loved At All, I Want You, Sushine And Summertime, We Got Nothing But Love To Prove, The Lucky One. I Just Loved them all! You should deffently get this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fireflies on Fire

    Another great one by Faith. Mississippi Girl takes us through Faith's past growing up and getting on stage but not forgeting where she came from. I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well Worth the Wait!!!!!

    Long time in the making but well worth the wait!! With songs like Mississippi Girl, Fireflies, Sunshine and Summertime and Like We Never Loved at All...... Faith is back in business!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I reviewed Fireflies!

    Faiths new CD fireflies is amazing.I listen to it everyday becuase i can relate my life to most everyone of the songs on the cd. ambo_89

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Faith's new CD!

    Fireflies was worth waiting for. This sounds more country than than her last did. There are some really great songs on it. One of my favorites is Like We Never Loved At All. It's a duet with Tim McGraw. I think it's her best work yet! flnovgirl from i-squad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its great to have her back

    Fireflies is a great CD. I missed hearing her voice and was so excited to have her be back to her country roots. Every song is a joy to hear and I look forward to wearing out the cd! dlovebug11

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fireflies Another Faith Hit!!

    Faith Hill's Fireflies is full of hits. Sunshine and Summertime is a fun upbeat song and it sounds like Faith is having so much fun singing it. Like We Never Loved At All a duet with Tim McGraw, is one that will go in their book of great duets together. I recommend this CD to everyone, You'll Love It!!! Tamara (i-squad mcgraw_fan_mi)

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