Firewater / Man on the Burning Tightr, the
Album: Man on the Burning Tightr, the   Collection:General
Artist:Firewater   Added:Oct 2003
Label:Jetset Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-12-22 Pull Date: 2004-02-23
Week Ending: Feb 1 Jan 18
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 05, 2004: Baptism of Solitude
Too Many Angels
4. Jul 01, 2004: Baptism of Solitude
Too Many Angels
2. Sep 30, 2004: Baptism of Solitude at the Circus
Too Many Angels
5. Apr 07, 2004: Baptism of Solitude
Too Many Angels
3. Jul 07, 2004: Brownian Motion
Too Many Angels
6. Mar 02, 2004: Baptism of Solitude
Too Much (Is Never Enough)

Album Review
Eric K!
Reviewed 2003-12-16
Firewater combines circus music, Eastern European music, R&B, smoky swing, and cabaret into dark drama. Throaty, histrionic Tod A is backed by a flexible band that brings out all the spookiness and menace of the circus. These unnerving songs are often quite catchy but are so bombastic that a few of them go a long way. Also, there could be much more variation in vocals and overall tone. All the songs are ominous, portentous, and resigned, but somehow I can't figure out the album is quite about. I'm now afraid of Tod A but I can't figure out why he's appropriated the circus to describe some personal drama.

Oh yeah, there's an answering machine message from a stalker ex-girlfriend that is spread out between tracks 7-9.

If you want to be weird, play this with Mr. Bungle's circus album.

Stand-out tracks: 2, 4, 6, 9, 15

1. short circus music intro
2. bouncy, piano-drive, threatening dramatic vocals, very Afghan Whigs
3. flute, organ, R&B summer time feel, reminds me of War, FCC: Fuck
4. draggy, circusy, harsh guitars, resigned lyrics
5. Eastern European feel, sax and accordion
6. very intense, dramatic, crazed circus organ, calliope(?), a cabaret
feel, carnie barker vocals
7. Weird answering machinie message from a stalker to funky groove, FCC
8. answering machine message continues, acoustic guitar, vocals sensitive
then bombastic, organ background
9. answering machine message concludes, smokey swing, finger-snapping, sax
10. swing instrumental
11. tough vocals, repetitive, intense organ
12. menacing carnival music
13. acoustic guitar, mellotron, spooky, repetitve lyrics
14. manic Eastern European instrumental, short
15. circus instrumental, quoting 1
16. really short (:15) instrumental

Track Listing
1. Fanfare   9. The Vegas Strip
2. Anything at All   10. Ponzi's Revenge
3. Too Much (Is Never Enough)   11. Don't Make It Stop
4. Too Many Angels   12. The Notorious & Legendary Do
5. Dark Days Indeed   13. The Song that Saved My Life
6. The Man on the Burning Tight   14. Dark Days Revisited
7. The Truth Hurts   15. Before the Fall
8. Secret   16. Descent