10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hard rock muscle and Spirit-filled ministry are inextricably fused on Fireflight’s For Those Who Wait. In the manner of 2008’s Unbreakable, they keep the album’s emphasis on uplifting lyrics and crunchy guitar riffage. Dawn Richardson’s lead vocals maintain an assertive edge without becoming shrill, conveying the right blend of vulnerability and exaltation. Spiritual transformation is a reoccurring theme here, driven home with pummeling force. Richardson sings of her relationship with God in very personal terms at times wandering into Jesus-is-my-boyfriend territory. For those who listen closely though, there’s nothing ambiguous about the God-centered content of tunes like “Fire In My Eyes,” “New Perspective” and “Desperate.” While most of this album is kept at a ferocious pitch, several piano-centered ballads (most notably “Name”) are more intimate in feel. Fireflight doesn’t soar into uncharted zones in these tracks; the band’s message is timeless and their sonic moves are familiar. But for those looking for bracing, arena-sized inspirational rock, For Those Who Wait arrives right on time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hard rock muscle and Spirit-filled ministry are inextricably fused on Fireflight’s For Those Who Wait. In the manner of 2008’s Unbreakable, they keep the album’s emphasis on uplifting lyrics and crunchy guitar riffage. Dawn Richardson’s lead vocals maintain an assertive edge without becoming shrill, conveying the right blend of vulnerability and exaltation. Spiritual transformation is a reoccurring theme here, driven home with pummeling force. Richardson sings of her relationship with God in very personal terms at times wandering into Jesus-is-my-boyfriend territory. For those who listen closely though, there’s nothing ambiguous about the God-centered content of tunes like “Fire In My Eyes,” “New Perspective” and “Desperate.” While most of this album is kept at a ferocious pitch, several piano-centered ballads (most notably “Name”) are more intimate in feel. Fireflight doesn’t soar into uncharted zones in these tracks; the band’s message is timeless and their sonic moves are familiar. But for those looking for bracing, arena-sized inspirational rock, For Those Who Wait arrives right on time.

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About Fireflight

Beginning in 2006, upon signing to Flicker Records after a couple independent releases, Fireflight became one of the most popular bands on Christian rock radio. The female-fronted band's style of rock is fairly heavy, bordering on metal, and is reminiscent of other popular female-fronted rock bands of the time, such as Paramore and Evanescence. The band is based in Orlando, FL, and tours the United States extensively, reportedly performing an estimated 140 shows per year. Founded in Eustis, FL, in 1999, Fireflight are comprised of Dawn Richardson (vocals), Justin Cox (guitar), Glenn Drennen (guitar), Wendy Drennen (bass), and Phee Shorb (drums). The band independently recorded and released its debut album, Glam-Rok (2002), produced by guitarist Justin Cox. The five-track EP On the Subject of Moving Forward followed in 2004, leading to a recording contract offer from Flicker Records. The band's first Flicker release, The Healing of Harms (2006), was produced by Skidd Mills and became a major hit in the Christian rock community, reaching number 37 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. The album spawned a pair of Christian rock radio hit singles, "You Decide" and "Waiting," the latter of which reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. The band's second Flicker release, Unbreakable (2008), proved even more popular. Produced by Rob Hawkins, it reached number 15 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and spawned another big Christian rock radio hit in the title track. Promoted via the Bionic Woman television series, "Unbreakable" peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, and garnered a 2009 Dove Award nomination. For Those Who Wait, the group's third studio album, arrived the following year. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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