F.I.R.’s “Flight Tribe”

F.I.R. / Flight Tribe / July 28, 2006
05. Flight Tribe / 06. Arctic Circle

F.I.R. is a band crafty in advertisement and low on overall substance. They’re also a band I’ve been following since the humble beginnings of their first album that instantly sky-rocketed them into fame across East Asia. Fairyland In Reality was a touch rock, a heaping of pop, and well rounded by a peppering of serene ballads. However, the album was rather dull and it wasn’t until their sophomore release, Wu Xian, that I took notice of them. The clincher? The title track “Wu Xian” and the epic ballad, “Love of a Thousand Years”; amazing in content, delivery, and melody. The album had a concept that was clearly evident and played throughout the album that was tied together by brief interludes and pinches of musical bravery through experimentation.

In their third round, F.I.R. attempted to recall that feel of their second album (and first, as evidenced in the track “The Fairyland in Reality”; is it plagiarism if you rip yourself off and suck in the process?) by employing a tribal theme and incorporating this for the duration of the album. However, what was woven wonder on Wu Xian is pathetic drole on Flight Tribe. If the album was split into three parts, beginning, middle, and end, each part would be indiscernible from its brother and all would described in two words: valiant failure.

The whole album is one massive struggle that leaves everything to the imagination. The faster paced songs are still slow and the ballads are unbearably measured, leaving the only song worth listening to as the title track which doesn’t nearly reflect the album as a whole as it’s actually a reasonably good song. F.I.R. has attempted merely to rest on its laurels, hoping the wave of popularity they rode will carry them into the charts and keep them afloat, but this wave has crashed. Next, please.

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2005 in music

Ten really, really, ridiculously good albums released in 2005:

01. dredg – Catch Without Arms: It’s been way too long since I’ve come across an album as good as this one that just flowed together so well and restored my faith in American rock music. This is one of those albums where you can download each track separately and draw a unique aspect from each and then listen to the album in order and find a commonality that ties the whole album together.

02. Depeche Mode – Playing the Angel: Fantastic album. More than two decades later, they still manage to flawlessly blend an eerie rock edge with synth-pop that brings 80s new wave to the twenty first century. If there is one song I would urge you to download and listen to completely, it would be “Precious.” It is absolutely amazing. ‘Nough said.

03. Namie Amuro – Queen of Hip-Pop
04. Anggun – Luminescence
05. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
06. F.I.R. – Unlimited
07. The Birthday Massacre – Violet
08. The Receiving End of Sirens – Between the Heart and the Synapse
09. Kent – Du & jag doden
10. Tommy heavenly6 – Tommy heavenly6