Music Review: Losing All
Posted January 26, 2010
LABEL: RAZOR & TIE
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 26, 2010
RATING: 4 OUT OF 5
After four long years of waiting for new music from Day of Fire, we are treated to Losing All, an exceptionally good record that is starting to grow on me with every listen. Upon first listen, I was honestly shocked. Front-man, Josh Brown’s signature melodic vocals that were made famous by the bands hit song “Cornerstone” have been traded in for a rockers growl. I felt betrayed. As a long time listener, I truthfully felt ripped off; this was not Day of Fire, this is a whole new animal! However, my instant loathing rather quickly turned to epiphany. The realization that this was a new Day of Fire was starting to intrigue me.
This is a sound more akin to the guitar driven classic rock of the 70’s mixed with modern day production, rather than most of the rock you hear on the radio now (think Disciple’s Southern Hospitality as a point of reference). While there are songs that are more classic DoF, most is a bit of a re-invention. Some really cool guitar solos (similar to stuff from Pillars most recent offering) are spread out over the record. Tracks like “Light Em Up”, “When I See You” and “Lately” feel like Decemberadio with an edge. This is certainly not a copy cat album, but there are very clear influences for the stylistic approach; from Bon Jovi to even a bit of the B-52’s on a track.
Comparisons aside, this is a good album. While I would have liked to have jumped in and loved the album, I couldn’t. I like it, but I found no reason to love it like I did with DoF’s first record. It is certainly enjoyable; “Cole Addiction” and “Landslide” are pure angst rock anthems, but above what could be described as despair, hope emerges. “Long Highway” is one such example. It’s a good old fashioned story (with an analogy) song. The second to last track “Strange” grabbed my attention due to its intentional lack of production and stripped acoustic setting. While the lyrics may be a tad cliché (“Hollywood is burning down…”) it serves as a good lead in to the final track. “The Dark Hill” is a beautiful reflection on the accomplishment of the Cross. While mostly inquisitive and speculative, it is a moving song that is sure to speak to many listeners.
While it didn’t hit me as an instant classic, Losing All is a fresh start for Day of Fire. After their highly successful first album and a rather mediocre sophomore attempt, the term “Third time’s the charm.” seems to fit perfectly. The band sounds comfortable with the style and I optimistically look forward to more like this from Day of Fire.
Review copy provided courtesy of Razor & Tie Records.
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