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CD Review: Faith Hill’s Fireflies

Fireflies is the sixth album to be released by country pop superstar Faith Hill. This offering from the artist hit store shelves August 2. I picked it up expecting the same country pop that has made me love Faith Hill with her previous releases.

My first experience with Faith Hill came in 1998, when I heard songs off her Faith CD, including “The Secret of Life” and “This Kiss.” Before hearing these songs, I really had no idea who Faith was. Once I listened to the full CD, I was immediately hooked on the voice and music of the country girl from Mississippi.

Her last three CDs since her 1998 offering had more of a pop feel to them, and I enjoyed them a great deal. In recent years, Faith has expanded her other endeavors, moving into acting with a role in The Stepford Wives, alongside Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler, and also continuing to raise her children with husband, Tim McGraw, whom she married in 1996.

I picked up this latest Faith Hill offering, and immediately popped it into my CD player expecting more of the mix of country and pop Faith has offered in her last three albums. However, I soon find out Fireflies didn’t offer that mix. At first, I admit that turned me off. The mostly country sounding album wasn’t what I had grown accustomed to from this artist.

I continued listening however, and within a day or two the CD started to grow on me. Songs such as the title song, “Fireflies,” immediately brought a smile to my face when giving it a real listen with no other distractions.

The song that immediately made me want to listen to this album more was the third track off the CD, “Dearly Beloved.” This light-hearted country song tells the story of a young couple getting married, apparently for all the wrong reasons. It was fun to listen to.

This CD consists of 15 tracks. Some other favorites on this CD for me included “Nothing but love to prove,” hidden track “Paris” and “Ain’t gonna take it anymore.” This CD returns Faith to her country roots with a sound that is barely on the edge of pop, but definitely more country than her previous CD Cry.

On her official Web site, Faith herself talks about the CD saying, “it feels as honest and as real as it gets.” With this album, she took her time recording, and even when considered the CD finished, she still went back into the studio after hearing songs penned by Lori Mckenna. After hearing “If you ask,” Faith asked to hear more, and when it was all said and done three more songs by Mckenna were placed on the album, including the CD’s title track Fireflies.

As a fan of her music, I wasn’t disappointed. This CD isn’t what I had to come to expect, and it probably won’t be as successful as her previous releases, but it surely isn’t a disappointment. I would recommend this CD, especially if you’re a fan of Faith Hill’s music.

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  • http://www.dorksandlosers.com Tan The Man

    Yeah, I just got the CD, but I haven’t opened it… what’s wrong with me?

  • http://ginasramblings.blogspot.com/ Gina

    Absolutely nothing! However, I suggest you try opening it! It’s a good CD.

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    RA,

    I moved this to Advance.net, a place affiliated with about 10 newspapers around the country.

    One such site is here.

    Also please let your contact know, if you had one, that this article, is published at one more place. That helps to show they get two?, three? for the “price” of one.

    Thank you.
    Temple Stark

  • Heather Holloway

    I think this is a good cd. Faith did a very nice job doing some music which is more “country”. I especially like “Stealing Kisses” and “Dearly Beloved”.

  • http://www.shaniatwain.com Josh

    I want to pick this cd up. I have heard Mississippi girl which was played alot over the summer and I also have heard Like We Never Loved At All (great video). This being her more country inspired cd since Cry I wont be dissapointed.

    I am also a Shania fan and it isn’t hard for me to like Faith either she is amazing. I dont know why the two are compared they have different writing styles and everything but they are. Mainly because they followed the pop crossover method Shania leading the way for acceptance to make the transition.

    I want to get it when Im out shopping for all the things I wanted but missed out on Christmas moring.

    She has a beutiful voice and the tracks Ive been exposed to showcase her perfectly.

  • http://url Lori H

    The songs you all have listed aren’t even the best on the CD or my favorites; all the others are fabulous! I can’t take out the CD in my car. I feel like Faith passionately belts out true life scenarios that somewhat seem like my life,too, she’s sharing. I’ve become even more of a Faith fan since hearing my Fireflies stocking-stuffer. I now even have a Faith cellphone ringtone. Keep listening to the CD; surely, it’ll grow on you even more than before. I think it’s BETTER than all the other CDs of Faith’s and other singers. I want to buy all my family and friends Fireflies!

  • RAYLEAN

    CAN GIVE ME MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR CD FIREFLIES SO THAT WAY I CAN DO MY HOME WORK I AM WRITNG ABOUT YOUR CD I HAVE TO MAKE A REVIEW ON THE CD I HOPE YOU