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Fire and the Romance

Way Down Below (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

This is a new digital single from Fire and the Romance and the style of music here is both modern and retro. It’s got a real classic vibe and seems to combine multiple genre and eras. I definitely want to hear more from this California based outfit.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2014  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Way Down Below

Alternative rock, modern pop and glam rock all seem to combine on this. It’s got mellower verses, but powers out for the choruses. The vocal arrangement is classy. The hooks are great. This is a hooky number that feels to a large degree like it could have fit pretty well on the radio in the 1970s. That said, the chorus has overlayers that are more tied to 1980s music and later stuff. This is a powerhouse tune that’s quite catchy.

 

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )

 
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