Original Sunny Day Real Estate members Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel reunite to form The Fire Theft. This is their epic, eponymous debut. Produced in Seattle and Los Angeles by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkin... more »s, Ben Lee, Liz Phair). This Japanese version features 14 tracks including 1 bonus track, 'Hands On You'. Videoarts Music. 2003.« less
Original Sunny Day Real Estate members Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel reunite to form The Fire Theft. This is their epic, eponymous debut. Produced in Seattle and Los Angeles by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Ben Lee, Liz Phair). This Japanese version features 14 tracks including 1 bonus track, 'Hands On You'. Videoarts Music. 2003.
"O.K. There have been some mixed reviews of this album. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and so it shows. I first heard "Diary" from Sunny Day Real Estate in 1994 when I was 16. Of course it changed my musical taste from then on. When "LP2" was released, it was not the most appealing album. It felt unfocused and scattered. After constant listens over the years, it is now my favorite album of all time. When the band regrouped in 1998 and released "How it Feels to be Something On" I felt betrayed. Where had all of the angst driven guitars and vocals gone? Their sound had taken on a new meaning and new direction and obviously, not everyone was on board. Again, after constant listens and experiencing the band live twice on that tour, I came to love every song and appreciate the beauty beneath. Two years later, the band left Sub Pop, signs to Time Bomb and releases "The Rising Tide". Again, upon first listen, I was very dissapointed. What were they thinking? I didn't understand the new direction. I argued with my good friend about it endlessly. I listened to the album almost everyday for at least two months. Suddenly, I began singing along with every word that passed and even picked up my acoustic and began playing along. I loved it. Less than a year later, the band gets dropped from Time Bomb and decides to call it quits for the last time. Then after waiting for over a year, I hear that the band is regrouping without Dan and calling themselves "The Fire Theft". I was eager and curious to hear the new material. I purchased the the demos off of Ebay and I was pretty impressed. I couldn't get past "Chain", which was the first song on the CD. Jeremy's voice never tires even after nine years. The point of all of this is that as time passes, music changes, people grow older and priorities take a different direction. What's funny is that some reviewers still refer to them as "Emo". It's sad how loosley that term is thrown around lately. Every legitimate "Emo" band has either broken up or changed their sound so significantly as not to be lumped in with all of these new bands that are just jumping on a band wagon that left almost ten years ago and are looking for the same respect as bands that actually defined a sound and pushed it forward. Sorry, it didn't take Carson Daly and MTV2 to tell me that it's cool to be "Emo". Dashboard Confessional, The Used, Vendetta Red, Taking Back Sunday, Count the Stars, New Found Glory, Finch, etc....Sorry, I don't buy your music. I laugh at most and think, "Your a little Late aren't you?" Gone are the days of Braid, the Promise Ring, Joan of Arc, Embrace, Rites of Spring, Jawbox, Christie Front Drive, Drive Like Jehu, and even Sunny Day Real Estate. This album is perfect in it's way. Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe they are musically spent? Trying a new sound or taking bold leaps against the grain is challenging enough. This album is lush and simple, yet beautiful and haunting at the same time. But I suppose you can either go with the flow or jump off and find another bus to ride. Of course, this is just my opinion and it is neither right nor wrong. I think it's a good step for them. They are doing what makes them happy, and in the end, that's what counts."
What a surprise
Ouroboros | USA | 07/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think the 62 reviews already written have pretty much covered it. This album blew me away. I expected something I would enjoy, but had no idea how amazing this album was going to be.
I too cannot believe this album didn't completely explode. Bravo!
Seriously, this album is really, really good."
It gets no better than this.
Geoffrey J. Braboy | Oceanside, CA | 05/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is amazing. I cannot believe it has not completely exploded, a fact that alone makes it that much more treasured in my collection. Jeremy Enigk has obviously perfected his voice in the years since breaking SDRE down into a trio(I'm a big Sunny Day fan as well, though). The opening chords of "Uncle Mountain" set the mood for the entire album, and you sit in eager anticipation for the cd to explode with emotion and passion, which it does track after track. To accompany some of the most amazing lyrics ever layed down are the perfect screaming, finger picking chords of zen-like guitar mastery. If you want a taste of what The Fire Theft has to offer, check out "Summertime", "Uncle Mountain", and "Heaven". However, be advised, the CD is most enjoyable when listened to front to back. It's the perfect ride in its entirety."
Rock is back
Jack | Colorado | 01/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This might be one of the best albums I have heard in years. I was a little let down by the last SDRE album and was scared to actually hear what was in store for the guys, but this has revived all my faith in them as a band. After owning the album for a little more then a year I can say it stands the test of time. It only gets better for me after every listen. They do things with this album that SDRE never did. One major new factor is the blazing guitar solo's, the orchestration (real orchestra, not syths), and the keyboards. This might turn some people away but give it a chance and you will be impressed. Don't buy this album expecting a 5th SDRE album, its not the same band, hence the name change. I think all the bad reviews came from people that don't like change. I am really excited to hear what these guys will grace us with next. And to top it all off, they are amazing live.
Uncle Mountain has a very mellow intro and just makes you smile, moves into a hard rocking drum pounding mid section, then falls into one of the best solo's I have heard in my entire life. Oceans Apart is just an amazing song that gives you euphoria. It also has a really cool mellow solo towards the end. Chain is a good tune, but one of the less eventful on the album. Summertime/Houses/Waste Time are all very excellent songs that have a very classic rock vibe to them. Heaven is one of the best on the album. The lyrics are excellent and the music is solid as petrified BM. Rubber Bands is could have been an Allman's Brothers tune. It's just a very rocking instrumental that makes you want to move with the music. It's Over is the one song that has some similar vibe to the old SDRE sound. It is an amazing tune as well, and should please any old fan of the guys. Carry you could also be similar to SDRE. The final song, Sinatra, is an 8 min. epic rock track. I really can't put into words how awesome this song really is. You also get an extra bonus track about 20 sec. after Sinatra.
Over all this is an album that most people should enjoy if they have an open mind towards music. "