"Songs From the Shining Temple" CD
Genres: rock opera?
189 Devoe St
Brooklyn NY 11211
Jul 21 - 27 2003
Fire's Songs From the Shining Temple album is kind of like
a kooky rock opera, replete with all the insanity of a Rocky
Horror Picture Show, plus that glossy shine that just bleeds vanity. You
can imagine bright lights, flashy costumes, silly masks, and shameless
over-acting being associated with a Flaming Fire stage
As for the music itself, not all of it is that great, but it's a
fun record nonetheless. Gems like the exuberant "Kill the Right
People" and a bittersweet pop number called "Goddess of
War" make up for duds "Fire of Love" and "There Is
a Sky". The band likes to use a combination of acoustic
instruments (piano, guitar) and electronics, which adds another layer
of glamour to the whole production.
All in all, Songs From the Shining Temple is an interesting
concept that has been executed pretty well by Flaming Fire. The
enthusiastic, often silly approach the band has taken may scare off
some audiences, but those with open minds will appreciate the pure
showmanship present on this album.
11 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]