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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...
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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. [The album was also released in a clean edition. The edits are minimal -- Firstman exclaims the MF word once or twice -- and don't interfere too much with the album's content.]
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  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678367526
  • Catalog Number: 83675

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Firstman Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, chamberlain
Rick Parker Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Steve Gorman Drums
Rami Jaffee Organ, Synthesizer
Rob Perkins Drums
Patrick Warren chamberlain
Eric Skodis Drums, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tony Anaya Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Zane Musa Saxophone
Miranda Lee Richards Background Vocals
Dave Yaden Organ, Piano, Choir, Chorus, Wurlitzer
Leigh Watson Background Vocals
Chandra Watson Background Vocals
Chris Carangi Bass, Bass Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Matt Johnson Yells
Jason "Slim" Gambill Electric Guitar
Gabe Harmell Drums
Tony Lucca Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
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
Erik Reichers Engineer
Matt Johnson Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm a fan of Joe!

    Wow! What a refreshing album! If you're wanting a CD with refresing songs that leaving wanting to sing along and tap your feet, don't hesitate to get Joe's disk. Everything on this album is solid, but I have some new favorites in #2 (Can't stop loving you) and #4 (Car door). Listen to the whole album straight through, you get the feeling Joe has a story to tell and mixes his lyrics and melodies up well. Had the chance to catch Joe when he opened for Cheryl Crow in NYC, great performer that puts heart and emotion into it...much like this album. Buy this disk, it'll be the one that you found and got all your friends hooked on.

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