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Paula Cole - This Fire flac album

Performer: Paula Cole
Title: This Fire
Style: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock,Alternative/Indie Rock,Contemporary Pop/Rock
Duration: 50:50
Location: Bearsville Studio, Bearsvill, NY
Relesed: October 15, 1996
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 609
Other formats: AIFF DMF MMF VOC RA AU

This Fire is Paula Cole's second album. According to the RIAA, the album has gone double platinum, selling over 2 million copies in United States and peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. According to the booklet, the album is dedicated to "the inner fire of all life. May our seeds of light open, brighten, and sow peace on earth". Writing and producing the album herself, she recorded all of it in roughly 2 weeks. Cole released three (official) singles from the album.

Art Direction – Paula Cole. Bagpipes, Whistle – Seamus Egan. Bass, Chapman Stick – Tony Levin. Design – Dirk Walter. Drums, Percussion – Jay Bellerose. Guitar, Guitar – Greg Leisz. Mastered By – Bob Ludwig. This Fire ‎(HDCD, Album). Imago (3), Warner Bros.

Paula Cole's songwriting and musical skills sharpened considerably on her second album, This Fire. Occasionally, she flirts a little too closely with Sarah McLachlan territory, but Cole has developed her own, subtly mature style, equally informed by textured electronics, light worldbeat influences, and soul-baring lyrics.

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She returned to it briefly, for only about Fourteen seconds or so, on her previous album. She still can’t seem to keep the fire going with Ithaca, which borrows its metaphoric title from Homer’s Odyssey. It does, however, include one song I’d describe as a true return to form. Elegy sparks slowly before going ablaze.

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Tiger Paula Cole Paula Cole 4:18
2 Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? Paula Cole Paula Cole 4:26
3 Throwing Stones Paula Cole Paula Cole 3:46
4 Carmen Paula Cole Paula Cole 3:45
5 Mississippi Paula Cole Paula Cole 5:06
6 Nietzsche's Eyes Paula Cole Paula Cole 5:32
7 Road to Dead Paula Cole Paula Cole 3:41
8 Me Paula Cole Paula Cole 5:02
9 Feelin' Love Paula Cole Paula Cole 5:37
10 Hush, Hush, Hush. Paula Cole Paula Cole 4:22
11 I Don't Want to Wait Paula Cole Paula Cole 5:19

Credits

Jay Bellerose - Drums, Percussion
Paula Cole - Art Direction, Beat Box, Clarinet, Composer, Didjeridu, Harmonium, Juno, Organ, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Toy Xylophone, Tuba, Vocals, Wurlitzer, Xylophone
W.S. Edwards - Photography
Séamus Egan - Guest Artist, Uillean Pipes, Whistle (Human), Whistle (Instrument)
Peter Gabriel - Guest Artist, Vocals
Juan Garcia - Assistant Engineer
Juan Bautista Sánchez García - Mixing Assistant
Jack Hersca - Mixing Assistant
Judith Insell - Viola
Peter Keppler - Assistant Engineer
Kevin Killen - Engineer, Producer
Liz Knowles - Violin
Greg Leisz - Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Pedal Steel
Gerry Leonard - Engineer, Guitar, Mixing, Strings
Tony Levin - Bass, Chapman Stick, Guest Artist, Stick
Bob Ludwig - Mastering
Paul Marconi - Assistant Engineer
Chase Morrison - Cello
Roger Moutenot - Engineer, Mixing
Jodie Olson - Photography
P.E. Penn - Photography
D. Schiefelbein - Photography
Wenyi Shih - Violin
David Skernick - Photography
Seyi Sonuga - String Arrangements
Dirk Walter - Design
Joe Warda - Assistant Engineer
Reviews (2)
Dancing Lion
"This Fire", Paula Cole's most commercially successful album, is one of the unsung indie records of the late 1990's. It is extremely melodic with it's sparse instrumentation and Cole's very own airy, yet boisterous, vocals. "This Fire" is pretty diverse in it's musical styles, drawing from a punk like folk number with "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" to more subdued moments of limbo with "I Don't Want To Wait". Throughout the rest of the disc, Cole and her backing band prove that they are an incredibly flexible group of musicians, taking an almost Kate Bush like sound and combining it with the ashes of the late 90's grunge scene. All in all, "This Fire" is a nice slice of art-pop/bluesy recordings from one of the most distinct voices of the 1990's.Final Rating-7/10Stand-Out Tracks- "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone", "Mississippi" and "I Don't Want To Wait"

Varshav
When Cole released 'This Fire' I found it spellbinding. Now, after many years of collecting dust, I've pulled it out to give it another listen. My impression has changed. Not for the worse, mind you. It's just changed. From the opening track I hear this defiant woman trying so hard to sound defiant. Then, I imagine her life and think, Man, she tries a bit too hard. Frankly, the effort or energy necessary to perpetuate such a posture is not likely sustainable. That projection is likely to fade and its influence wear exceedingly thin. Still, that the pressing is HDCD speaks well of Cole's interest in laying forward a well-produced finished product. But, from a listeners stand point, I'm not sure that it matters, because it is an incredibly loud record. Which amounts to yelling at me, which does not make your point any more valid. Her hit single, ‘Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?’ found at track 2 remains as relevant today as it did on release. My suggestion: If you’re drawn to indie chick singer/songwriters, Paula Cole is a good contemporary voice as any. I’m sure this thing is in the cut-out bins… Or, used. Irrespective, it takes an important place in any diverse library, then, get yourself a copy today. Right away, giddy-up, Hoss.

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