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Firewater was birthed in a Brooklyn basement in the long, hot summer of 1997. Depressed, broke, and desperate, ex-Cop Shoot Cop leader Tod A tossed away a major label deal and a free meal ticket to launch what--at the time--was a crazy proposition: a punk band fueled by gypsy and klezmer tunes. Tod had stumbled upon a dusty box of records and cassettes in a Russian junk shop on West 14th ... Read more in Amazon's Firewater Store

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  • Audio CD (October 22, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B0000058SB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Let me just say that Tod A. is God and this album proves it. What a swagger! What an sneer! What a voice! This album will bring you up when you're down and keep you up when you're up. I read a review saying the songs are like little bastard children dancing on the devil's grave. Can I hear an amen, brothers and sister?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By almosthappy VINE VOICE on November 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to creating sonic ambience, exercising inner demons, revealnig the most tender feelings ,and mixing exotic musical styles and influences, few artists come close to Tom Waits; the boys from Firewater came pretty damn close, very very close. The record opens with two powerful tracks: "Some Strange Reaction" and "Bourbon and Division". The two openers have a near perfect mixture of rock, folk and Eastern European influences. The first two tracks are like a squeaky old elevator that takes you down to a dark, bleak, industralized but nevertheless romantic underground world. The songs in this disk celebrated loveable losers, weird characters, the beauty and the tranquillity in the most unlikely places, spirituality of atheists, hope from despairs, and all the insignificant details of the world ignored by the pop culture. A very good CD indeed, highly recommended. If you enjoy this CD, may I also suggest Mule Variation by Tom Waits and Malediction by Botanica.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
An all-time favorite! A friend turned me on to this CD about 2yrs. ago when I was really bored with heavy rotation radio and all things Seattle. On first listen I literally got out of my chair and said 'Who is this? These guys are GREAT!" (As a musician and listener - I don't usually do that) After over 2 years owning "Get Off The Cross...", I haven't worn it out yet and is high on my "stranded on a desert island" list.
While maintaining a pop-ish sort of appeal and accessibility to their sound, Firewater blends in a middle-eastern or even slightly Russian flavor into thier sound, giving a whole new (to the popular American palette) and interesting dimension which suits the agreeable, albiet slightly darker songwriting perfectly! "Some Strange Reaction", "Bourbon + Division", "Mr. Cardiac" and "Snakeyes & Boxcars" are personal favorites.
I would file this CD with Led Zeppelin - I, Pearl Jam - Ten, or any other album that just simply defined a new standard. As a fan of everyone from Greg Brown to The Dead Milkmen to Slayer to Savatage to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Stuck Mojo, I can see an appeal to many of those fans too. Buy it. It rocks! Although I'd love to see them in a club, these guys should sell out stadiums!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dmf@tribble.missouri.edu on November 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled across firewater at spinner.com, where their cover of "another perfect catastrophe" was being played...I had never heard of the band and came here hoping for other .WAV's of their music. The previous review of this album is pretty dead-on, except that I think it minimizes the russian influence. Also, I was caught thinking that this is reminiscent of Tom Waits, but with a melody. After checking the publication date ('96) I was surprised that I had never previously heard of these guys-- this particular disk is awesome. My own criteria for buying a disk is that I like at least 2 songs...although I bought this one "unseen". It was a good gamble, I love this entire disk. It is my favorite disk so far of '98, and would enthusiastically recommend it.
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