Mixed bag, mostly good
Fiery Blue is a three-piece built around Simone Stevens’s sultry vocals, Gabe Rhodes’s multi-instrumental talents and Paul Marstellar’s songwriting. At their best, as on opener “Crystal Ball”, Stevens’s vulnerable but resolute vocals provide a counterpoint to the muscular guitars and keyboards. The country vibe is never too far away, as on “Our Secret” and the violin-inflected “Little Red Shoes”, but it’s the straight-ahead midtempo rockers—“Wheels Up”, for example—that tend to be more memorable. At her weakest, Stevens comes off as a Lucinda Williams wannabe, as on “Our Secret”, an otherwise strong song. And who the heck advised the band to cover “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, reversing genders so “him” is the rhyme for “aware” and “boy” for “world”? Bad idea, guys.
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"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.READ the article