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Files and Fires, The - For People Talk Lightly... Album Cover
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Vocals N/A
Musicianship 9
Lyrics N/A
Production 7
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 6
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 74%
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Files and Fires, The - For People Talk Lightly...

Reviewed by: CoopDawg (02/28/12)
The Files and Fires - For People Talk Lightly...
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: March, 2011

Instrumental music has never really caught my attention. Though bands have been putting them in their releases for awhile now, it always seems to be the one track on the album I forget about. Aside for a handful of names, Iíve never listened to an instrumental album from front to back. However, with a fewer amount of songs, I found it easier to listen to The Files and Fires most recent release, For People Talk Lightly...

An ambience of what seems like white noise passes through and eerie echoes build up while a faint violin plays. As the first notes of ďThe Iron PillarsĒ play, it is immediate that the band has a talent for painting a musical picture without having to explain what is being painted. The violin and drums only add to the texture.

ďLet Us Unfold Our Veils In The WindĒ contains the only thing that can be considered singing on the album. A distant, almost broken, voice can be heard calling out to the listener under soothing guitar notes and filtered drumming. The pace picks up throughout the song until finally ending with a blast of sound and emotion. Leaving no time to think, the song segues into ďA Miracle Saved Us.Ē Juxtaposing distorted static and calm keyboards, the song is probably the weakest track on the album, though it still shows the talent this band holds.

As the album comes to a close, ďThe Sea Was Left BehindĒ showcases how the beauty of the violins and the thoughtful keyboard parts can bring emotion and feeling to any song (if done correctly). All the techniques and instruments found on For People Talk Lightly... are combined on closer, ďAnd The Day Goes By, But Time Stands Still.Ē Each instrument contributes to the buildup to the climax, in which the instruments blast out their sounds, almost talking to the listener in a different tongue. As the instruments quiet down, the album goes back into the silence found at the beginning. But then, after a minute or so, the band pulls a Motion Picture Soundtrack and a faint keyboard can be heard serenading over a relaxing ambience.

So, is it original? Not really. Is it groundbreaking? Not really. Will it change the face of music as we know it? No. So what does it do? It shows that music isnít just about lyrics and singing, and that instruments bring just as much emotion to the table as a singers voice. However, it also highlights a problem a problem I have with a lot of albums, that being the songs start to sound the same after awhile, which could lead the listener to lose interest. The band has the musical talent, but donít seem to really put fourth their full potential.

While The Files and Fires are just one band in an ocean of bands that choose sound over words, I canít help but think that itís an example of a instrumental/ambient album done well. Sometimes you donít need words to convey a message. With For People Talk Lightly..., The Files and Fires have made their message clear: they have talent and potential. Now itís time for them to expand on it and explore.

Recommended If You LikeExplosions in the Sky; The Appleseed Cast; instrumental music

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