There Will Be Fireworks
There Will Be Fireworks


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brady Hayes USER (44 Reviews)
November 8th, 2016 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A clustered and colorful explosion.

Before There Will Be Fireworks became almost universally praised for their take on the indie post-rock genre with their magnum opus "The Dark, Dark Bright", the young Scottish band was not nearly as large in scope. They played small shows across Scotland winning some applauses and gaining little recognition. These were college kids looking to play music their music their way, regardless of the rewards and benefits fame may reap. The band's debut album is not nearly as small as one may believe from the band's rather ambiguous and humble nature, in fact it's completely massive.

The moments where There Will Be Fireworks lose themselves to the music; where they give way to the explosions of drums, soaring guitars, and thunderous melodies, are some of the best moments the band has ever produced. From the climatic burst of "Columbian Fireworks" to the absolutely beautiful piano driven crescendo of "Off with Their Heads", the band showcases not only what they are capable instrumentally, but what they are capable emotionally. These moments especially showcase what would come on their future work, as the stream of conscious delivery of "Foreign Thoughts" is shown to be a weaker prototype of "Here is Where" and the concluding serenade of "Joined up Writing" serves as a fitting counterpart to the bombastic finale of "Elder and Oak".

While it's clear that vocalist Nicky McManus has mechanically become much stronger over time, there is a certain charm to his vocals here. They strain and croon from time to time, but they never fail to deliver an emotionally poignant performance. While the falsetto on "A Kind of Furnace" serves as a great set up for the American Football sounding conclusion, filled with joyous horns and a quite delicate guitar that serves as a strong album highlight; it's the infectious "We Sleep Through The Bombs" that truly illustrates the charm of McManus's vocals. Amidst the dancing guitar and anthemic percussion McManus harmoniously sings above them in a way that will leave you grinning. However it's when he tries to overdue his voice that it can become grating, especially seen on "We Were a Roman Candle", where his shrill squeaks don't coincide too well to the overall muddy production of the guitars. Perhaps the biggest tragedy of the album is "Say Aye", a song so poorly produced that it sounds completely out of place with the production of the entire album, which is quite sad since the instrumentation had what it took to become something beautiful and grand.

There Will Be Fireworks self-titled debut is among one of the most underrated albums in recent memory. While the production is below par throughout most of its humble offering and some songs especially lose focus in the closing 3/4's of the album, there is an undeniable charm that the rest of the album has. It's filled with the moments that many who enjoyed "The Dark Dark Bright" will enjoy, and is well worth a listen.



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hogan900
November 7th 2016


3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Give this more love

zaruyache
November 7th 2016


21209 Comments


weird semicolon in the first sentence?

hogan900
November 7th 2016


3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oops thank you

Mongi123
November 7th 2016


20532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd be willing to give this another shot, but I remember genuinely not enjoying this.

minty901
November 7th 2016


3707 Comments


so many amazing ideas on this album that are poorly executed. i like the lights is one of the most melodically pretty ideas theyve had, yet the song devolves into unsatisfying shouting just a minute in. you can hear where they wanted to go with this album but he second album just executed on the vision so much more confidently.

edit: i should have this as a 3.0 though, but i cant seem to edit ratings on mobile easily.

Storm In A Teacup
November 7th 2016


26746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agreed minty. thank you

GreyShadow
November 7th 2016


3297 Comments


I listened to about half of this and remember liking it. I'll have to give it a proper spin. I've come back to " Midfield Maestro " a few times. There's definitely a certain charm to this.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2016


56885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still need to hear this one

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2016


42371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I SHOULD'VE BEEN MORE CAUTIOUS

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hogan900
November 8th 2016


3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First half of this is albeit miles better than last half imo, but as a whole this still is a ton of fun

onionbubs
November 8th 2016


11704 Comments


I still need to check this. I'll try to jam later today. I just got pretty heavy into the dark dark bright so i was meaning to jam this anyways

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minty901
November 8th 2016


3707 Comments


having heard TDDB, try to not let your expectations for this get the better of you. it just isn't of the same calibur.

hogan900
November 8th 2016


3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't let the negitivity full ya completely, this has its moments.

minty901
November 8th 2016


3707 Comments


definitely has its moments.

AdolfChrist
November 9th 2016


21936 Comments


still gotta check this.

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hogan900
November 9th 2016


3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well worth the try man

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2016


42371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah better than TDDB honestly, so much more visceral and meaningful

hogan900
November 9th 2016


3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TDDB is arguably my favorite album of all time, but I agree this is hella visceral in certain aspects

Mongi123
November 11th 2016


20532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea this is alright and goes down easy at many points, but Nick's vox just aren't on point a lot and it lacks the depth, dynamics and scope of TDDB for me.

Momentai
November 16th 2016


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

badada badada badadadadadadadadadadad...WE SLEEP THROUGH THE BOMBS....listened to this on my trip to washington this weekend and it was a fun time. Def has its ups and downs...we sleep through the bombs though is Pefectttt

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