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Album Review

Firefall crested with its third album, Elan, which was prefaced by "Strange Way," an unusually vituperative leadoff single from the group who had broken through with songs of romantic devotion like "You Are the Woman" and "Just Remember I Love You." This time, lead singer and songwriter Rick Roberts was unmoved by a weepy lover, calling her emotional outbursts, "a strange way to tell me you love me," and adding that, if she wanted to cry to somebody, "don't cry to me." The single, which peaked just outside the Top Ten, introduced a somewhat more aggressive album from Firefall that rocked a bit harder, notably on such tracks as "Anymore," and added a horn chart to the closing track, "Winds of Change." For the most part, however, the album's dominant tone was determined by Roberts' romantic anguish, further expressed on the second single, "Goodbye, I Love You," which scraped into the Top 40 on the pop charts and made the Top Ten on the adult contemporary charts. Elan itself enjoyed about the same chart success as its predecessor, Luna Sea, but ultimately sold a little better, reaching a million-seller certification and marking Firefall's commercial peak.

Customer Reviews


....... isn't the full length LP version of "Strange Way" available for download? That's a strange way to tell me you love me......

The Album isn't complete without the hits

"Strange Way" and "Sweet and Sour" are cut from the album, why? Is it because they are too popular and still make money in the CD market? This album is not going to sell without the hits. Please, put them back on.

missing tracks(again)

In my quest to find actual LP songs, Apple has let me down again, by hacking off entire tracks from albums, allowing only truncated versions of the "hits" to be downloaded in "special" EP greatest hits albums, blah blah. Once again, I exercise my right to choose. You do not get my money today.


Formed: 1975 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The mellow, easy country-rock sounds of Firefall, coupled with the group's penchant for pop melodies and high-pitched harmonies, produced a series of successful LPs in the late '70s and a series of chart singles, including the Top Ten hit "You Are the Woman." The group was formed by former Flying Burrito Brother Rick Roberts, who handled vocals, guitar, and most of the songwriting duties; he was joined by fellow ex-Burrito and Byrd Michael Clarke on drums, ex-Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne bassist Mark Andes,...
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