Firebird - "Hot Wings"
(Rise Above Records)
From Aural Innovations #35 (January 2007)
I have the first two Firebird records but never heard the thirrd one and this is the fourth one. The band is reunited with Spiritual Beggars drummer, Ludwig Witt, who played on the earlier Firebird records. This stripped down three piece really goes for the old early 70's blues rock feel and a very raw production on this record. While it has been 3 years since the last record, I came across not all that impressed with this one. Bill has some great guitar riffs and lays down some cool lead guitar but never really lets it rip (only 1 song breaks 5 minutes). They mix it up a bit with some harmonica on Misty Morning and some not so great slide playing on a couple of other tracks. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad record at all, but after 3-4 listens it still did not grab me. The songs are just not that memorable.
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Reviewed by Scott Heller