STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 42660-13442 LABEL: Flicker 083061086626 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-04-30 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Ever since Evanescence broke through there have been a plethora of female-fronted rock bands but although not hugely original Fireflight clearly deserve their CCM success. With a minimum of fuss, 'Unbreakable' delivers a seamless mix of hard hitting rock rhythms and memorable hooks with Dawn Richardson's voice able to soar over the proceedings with considerable passion. The title track has already been picked up by the producers of US TV series Bionic Woman and excellent it is too while "Brand New Day", "The Hunger", "Forever", "So Help Me God" and "Wrapped In Your Arms" have all been chosen for Cross Rhythms radio play. All in all, an exceptional album of melodic rock from the Florida band.
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Are you accused or beaten down? Want to dream again? Reach your destiny? DO NOT BE AFRAID. Faith is moving without knowing. No one can touch you, nothing can stop you. You are UNBREAKABLE.
All you need to do -- is trust.
Strong words, yet these are the very thoughts behind the title track of Fireflight’s latest offering 'Unbreakable'. And they just might be on to something. Who among us hasn’t felt the need to dream again? To move past the things that beat us down, to feel (dare we say it?) unstoppable? It’s these daring sentiments that urged music execs at the NBC network to license “Unbreakable” for its fall promos of primetime TV show “Bionic Woman,” making the inspiring soundtrack into one of the definitive rock anthems of the popular hit series. “Unbreakable,” based on the classic gospel story of the adulteress set to be stoned, examines the woman’s empowered mindset after the tables are turned on her accusers.
“The people in charge were ready to kill her, and Jesus speaks up for her, changes their minds and makes them feel ashamed for accusing her,” explains Dawn Richardson, the group’s fiery lead singer. “How would you feel if you were the woman? She knows she’s guilty, and yet she’s suddenly free and given a second chance.” True to Richardson’s resoluteness, lyrics from the band’s sophomore project capture that same spirit of renewed strength.
Like the title track, Unbreakable addresses the many trying circumstances that can strike one’s soul. “The Love We Had Before” examines the disagreements that can swallow a relationship whole, while “Brand New Day” addresses the traps of depression and the power to move past them. “Forever” takes a more somber tone with admissions of loneliness and isolation, yet “You Gave Me a Promise” exudes defiant hope against a backdrop of Siamese Dream-like guitar layers. “Wrapped In Your Arms,” the album’s acoustic closer, ties all the themes together with one final statement of faith and triumph.