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The enduring brother-sister duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll—who changed their group name from Astaire to Blondfire mid-tour, to avoid legal hassles with Fred Astaire’s estate—make sugar-sweet electronic-influenced pop music on their charming self-produced second album, Young Heart. Helped along by the mixing skills of Wally Gagel (whose résumé includes Muse, Folk Implosion, and Best Coast), the album is bright and breezy, light and lush. It's packed with 11 songs that clock in at three and a half minutes each, plus “We Are One,” which daringly closes in on the five-minute mark. This deliberate attempt to keep things concise pays off. The album reels off one inspired potential single after another, from the title track and “Where the Kids Are” to “Hide and Seek,” the call and response of “Dear in Your Headlights,” and the Brazilian-tinted “The Only Ones.” The Brazilian influence is no accident; the Driscolls’ mother is a classically trained Brazilian pianist who exposed the children to bossa novas and music lessons. It paid off; Bruce and Erica know how to craft a catchy tune. 

Customer Reviews

Just buy the whole thing

I fell for Erica and Bruce when they called themselves Astaire and opened for Ivy at Slim's in San Francisco in 2005. What a sound! Bought their Don't Whisper Lies EP at the show and put it in heavy rotation. Gobbled up the Live Session EP and Holiday EP. Seemed like forever until the full-length album, My Someday, arrived. And it's been a relative eternity waiting for Young Heart. We had the Where the Kids are EP to tide us over, though. While impatiently waiting for new music, I discovered Blondfire's Erica and Bruce Driscoll were siblings and grew up in my hometown of Grand Rapids.

First Impressions for this album (subject to change over time):
***** 5 Stars: Young Heart, Where the Kids Are (6 stars, really), Walking With Giants, Dear In Your Headlights, Life of the Party
**** 4 Stars: Waves, Hide and Seek, Kites, Wild and Wasted, We Are One, The Only Ones
*** 3 Stars: Right Gone Wrong

Blondfire has a big sound, and I like it. But the songs range only from up tempo to mid tempo. Don't look for down tempo or ballads here. That's my only knock, and no, I didn't take a star away for it.

Go ahead and buy the whole thing. Blondfire ain't the Rolling Stones, swimming in oceans of cash. Support artists that make great music and pay for what you listen to. This must be the third time I paid for Where the Kids Are and it doesn't bother me in the least.

By all means, go see them at a live show if you can. You won't be disappointed. And here's to hoping for another great album before 2020.

Great.

Such a great band. They write really good music and perform it really well. I hope they can get some exposure with the release of this album!

I bought it!

Just buy it. It's great!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Grand Rapids, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Michigan indie rock outfit Blondfire was created by sibling pair, Erica and Bruce Driscoll. Previously known as Astaire, the brother-and-sister duo changed their name to Blondfire in order to avoid any potential legal hassles from the iconic actor's estate. Though their name had changed, they kept the band's sound the same, sticking with the dreamy and sweet electronic-tinged pop that brought to mind the Cardigans and Metric. They signed briefly with EMI in 2006, but left the label before finishing...
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