The Jam: Fire And Skill – The Jam Live [Album Review]

The Jam Fire And Skill: The Jam Live UMC/Polydor Records [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: It always mystifies me a bit when I hear the younger generation discussing early era British punk rock and rightfully so, groups like The Clash, Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols are blurted out quickly but I hardly ever hear anyone … Read more

Metric: Pagans In Vegas [Album Review]

Metric Pagans In Vegas Universal Music Group [2015] Fire Note Says: Metric prove that selling out isn’t always a bad thing. Album Review: It really all started going sideways once Metric committed to doing the theme song for the third Twilight movie, Eclipse. That song, written by film score composer Howard Shore, bore zero resemblance … Read more

The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt [Album Review]

The Gaslight Anthem Get HurtUniversal Music [2014] The Gaslight Anthem returns on their fifth LP of new material with Get Hurt. The cover of the album is an upside-down heart – you know what you’re in for with the title and cover. The New Jersey band had a breakout sophomore album with The ‘59 Sound, … Read more

Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt [Album Review]

Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt Monkeywrench/Universal Records [2013] Fire Note Says: This “Lightning Bolt” still doesn’t strike twice in the same place. Album Review: If you were to take your cues from so-called “classic rock” radio (remember radio?), you’d be convinced that Pearl Jam did all its best work on the 1991 debut, Ten, and a … Read more

Nirvana: In Utero (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

Nirvana In Utero (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) Universal Music [1993; 2013] Fire Note Says: A classic turns 20! Album Review: It is interesting how different Nirvana’s third LP, In Utero, sounds 20 years after its release. Not different like I have never heard things before but this album stands taller today without any of … Read more

Fairport Convention: Rising For The Moon (Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

Fairport Convention Rising For The Moon (Deluxe Edition) UMG/Island Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Fairport Convention’s last album with Sandy Denny gets the deluxe treatment. Album Review: Fairport Convention are often credited with inventing folk rock—the British flavor of folk rock, that is. Their trilogy of 1969 albums with lead singer Sandy Denny—What We Did … Read more

Jay Z: Magna Carta…Holy Grail [Album Review]

Jay Z Magna Carta…Holy Grail Universal Music Group [2013] Fire Note Says: Jay Z offers up something for all music lovers with Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Album Review: I’m going to imagine that there is not a huge overlap between readers of The Fire Note and fans of Jay Z. However if you’re like me and … Read more

Black Sabbath: 13 [Album Review]

Black Sabbath 13 Universal Music Group [2013] Fire Note Says: Black Sabbath reclaim their rightful seat on the heavy metal throne! Album Review: The godfathers of heavy music are back! When it was announced that Black Sabbath was getting the original lineup back together for a new album and tour, the world was shocked and … Read more

The Boxer Rebellion: Promises [Album Review]

The Boxer Rebellion Promises Universal Music Group [2013] Fire Note Says: The Boxer Rebellion perfects their knockout punch on their fourth LP Promises. Album Review: Sometimes an album grabs you for no good reason – all the analysis and critical thought can’t begin to explain the why’s or how’s. This is what happened to me … Read more

Huey Lewis & The News: Sports (30th Anniversary Edition) [Reissue Review]

Huey Lewis & The News Sports (30th Anniversary Edition) Universal Music Group [2013] Fire Note Says: A guilty pop-rock pleasure that is now 30 years old! Album Review: A lot can be said about 80’s music and most of the time it is negative. When I think eighties, my mind always strays to Echo & … Read more

The Who: Live At Hull 1970 [Album Review]

The Who Live At Hull 1970 Geffen/UMG [2012] Fire Note Says: See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Release Me. Album Review: Originally released as part of the Deluxe Edition of Live at Leeds in 2010, The Who-Live at Hull 1970, has finally been given its own standalone release! Recorded the night after Leeds, February 15th … Read more

Soundgarden: King Animal [Album Review]

Soundgarden King Animal Universal Music Group [2012] Fire Note Says: Soundgarden return after 16 years with a fan satisfying album. Album Review: We have already seen plenty of classic groups come back together in 2012 and now Soundgarden add to the list after a 16 year absence since a studio record. As one of the … Read more