The War of Women [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This 23-year-old singer-songwriter kick-started his career by landing an opening slot for Sheryl Crow long before the release of his debut, also earning high praise from Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin, who tabbed him as a collaborator for a slew of new material. The War of Women gives ample evidence that both Crow and Taupin have talent-tapping ears. Firstman is comfortable enough in his own skin to wax moodily melancholic, as on the string-kissed "Saving All the Love," and knowingly cocky, as on the Black Crowes–styled "Breaking All the Ground." Belying his youth, the North Carolinian delivers his rougher material, like the insistent "I Can't Stop Loving You," in a...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This 23-year-old singer-songwriter kick-started his career by landing an opening slot for Sheryl Crow long before the release of his debut, also earning high praise from Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin, who tabbed him as a collaborator for a slew of new material. The War of Women gives ample evidence that both Crow and Taupin have talent-tapping ears. Firstman is comfortable enough in his own skin to wax moodily melancholic, as on the string-kissed "Saving All the Love," and knowingly cocky, as on the Black Crowes–styled "Breaking All the Ground." Belying his youth, the North Carolinian delivers his rougher material, like the insistent "I Can't Stop Loving You," in a rasp that suggests many nights spent nursing a bourbon and tearing through a pack of smokes. Like the younger Bruce Springsteen, Firstman tends to let his thoughts get away from him, resulting in wordy spiels like "The Adventures of the Empress of Harlem and the Amazing Subway Boy," but when he settles into a groove, his mind clears, and out pops a smart, straightforward lust letter like "Slave or Siren." While The War of Women finds Firstman trying on styles to suit his mood, it's not as hectic as some debuts -- and it shows that he's able to wear a number of genres extremely well.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Joe Firstman's record should be a disaster, but it works. Just look at the cover: it looks like a pretentious Billy Squier or Chris de Burgh cover. And his sound is derivative of so many groups that there is only space to mention a few of them. "Breaking All the Ground" is Black Crowes mixed with the Wallflowers, "Can't Stop Loving You" is Bob Seger or Frankie Miller crossed with Ryan Adams, "Car Door Dancing in the Aisles" is more Ryan Adams with some Jayhawks thrown in for good measure. Add some Jackson Browne, Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, some Nicks, some Buckingham, and The War of Women basically plays like a who's who of AOR artists both old and new. The reason it works is that Firstman has what most of these bands and artists have lost either a long time ago or fairly recently -- that is, the vitality and rush of energy that comes along with a first record. The songs have the strut of early Black Crowes, the lyrical intensity of early Wallflowers or Counting Crows, the healthy pretension of Ryan Adams without the cooler than thou attitude, the grit and humor of prime Bob Seger. These songs sound like they burst of out Firstman almost against his will; they dance and shout with a refreshing enthusiasm that is really exciting. His voice is warm and inviting, his lyrics are dense, and the disc is packed with drama and a sense of urgency that makes it come alive. The slow ballads sometimes drag a little although "Now You're Gorgeous, Now You're Gone" is depressingly majestic and "After Los Angeles" is a fittingly busted-up way to end the record, but luckily there are only a couple of them. Most of the record is made up of barnburners like the flag-waving "Slave or Siren" or the bouncy "Speak Your Mind" that will have you slapping your thigh and exclaiming "I didn't think AOR could ever be this good again!" Of course, if you don't like trad rock, you will find nothing to like about The War of Women, because it is trad through and through. The rest of you should run out and get a copy of this amazing debut before it makes its inevitable way to the cutout bin. Heck, maybe if enough people buy it, it will be a hit. No matter, even if it sells 25 copies, this record is a hit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678366222
  • Catalog Number: 83662
  • Sales rank: 402,350

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Firstman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, chamberlain
Steve Gorman Drums
Rami Jaffee Organ, Synthesizer
Patrick Warren chamberlain
Eric Skodis Drums, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tony Anaya Bass
Zane Musa Saxophone
Miranda Lee Richards Background Vocals
Dave Yaden Organ, Choir, Chorus, Wurlitzer
Leigh Watson Background Vocals
Chandra Watson Background Vocals
Chris Carangi Bass, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Rick Parker Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Louie Teran Digital Editing
Ria Lewerke Direction
Joe Firstman Composer, Producer, Direction
Dave Yaden Composer
Chris Carangi Composer
Centro Choir Contributor
Leah Dibonaventura Contributor
Erik Reichers Engineer
Josh Lippman Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just love this guy!!!!

    I saw John opening for Jewel and did not know who he was. This is one of the first opening acts that caught everyones attention in the crowd. Love his diversity and the lyrics are very catchy! If John Meyer is famous then this guy should be tenfold. I'm still waiting for him to hit the big time, hope it is soon!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great cd!

    I saw Joe at a concert earlier this year and I just had to get his cd. He has such talent, though the cd doesn't do him justice, it's still greate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a wonderful songwriter!

    I have listened to a pre-release of this album, and I must say this artist is wonderful. Very, very powerful. So powerful, you get goose bumps, because you've been where he is when he wrote these songs, and he's saying the things you only were thinking.

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