Hold Your Fire
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2000
I like this album a great deal, and find it to be an overall stronger and more mature collection than FIREHOUSE, their debut album. Although this one doesn't have as many of the big hits (Love of a Lifetime, Don't Treat me Bad, and All She Wrote), it does have the great Top 10 ballad "When I look into your eyes" (These guys have always had a great touch with the ballads). Anyways, besides that hit, you'll also find several other great songs, including the rocking opener "Reach for the Sky", and my favorite song on the album, the "Sleeping with You", a goofy, rocking ode to getting some action. If you're a Firehouse fan, this is a definite must-own. As for new fans, you might want to go with the debut first, as it has most of the big hits, but FIREHOUSE, HOLD YOUR FIRE, and their new album CATAGORY 5 are the definite purchases for any Firehouse fan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2006
I love this CD! A great collection of fun, feel-good, singalong songs that you're sure to like if you want to listen to something other than the doom and gloom "I hate my parents and my life sucks and I'm such a victim so feel sorry for me, boo hoo hoo" that has dominated most records released in the last 15 years. This is definitely NOT one of those records!

First the bad news. I'd give this release 5 stars if it weren't for the 2 filler songs, Sleeping with You and Life in the Real World, both of which seem out of place. The only other downside to this record is the ballad When I Look Into Your Eyes. While this song isn't bad it's a little too sappy for my taste.

The good news is that rest of the record is just awesome! Reach For the Sky and Rock You Tonight are the heaviest songs and great rocking 80s-style anthems. Except for Hold the Dream, the rest of the record is fun and upbeat with songs that will lift your spirits and that you just can't help but sing along to.

Hold the dream is a more melow inspiration song but sounds good and is still enjoyable.

All-in-all, a solid release. While it has a couple of weak songs, the rest of the record is certainly worth the price. Detractors always criticize this style of music as immature and cheesy because it isn't "serious" and doesn't make social or political statements. That's exactly what I like about this record! If you're not in the mood to contemplate the meaning of life or lick the wounds of your victimness, then you can't go wrong with Hold Your Fire!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2006
After 14 years, this album is still getting rotation in my cd player. I love the speed of "Reach for the Sky" and it's catchy rhythms. My favoirte song from this album would have to be "When I Look Into Your Eyes" and "Hold The Dream". I like the song "Sleeping with you". Firehouse delivered another successful album and another top five single with "When I look into your Eyes". This is a great album and a must-have for any Firehouse fan!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2003
With their first CD (self-titled), Firehouse showed they can hang with the rest of the big hard-rock bands of their day. Now, could they avoid the 'sophomore slump'? Well, yes & no. This CD is much heavier than their debut, but not necessarily better. The first single ("Reach For The Sky") is pretty good. And it has the (what has become a usual with this band) super-ballad ("When I Look Into Your Eyes") and some really good tunes otherwise. It's just not as good a CD as their first one, overall. I really like "Sleeping With You". It's kinda cheesy, but just a catchy & fun tune. "You're Too Bad" reminds me of a couple women that I have met in my day. "Rock You Tonight" & "The Meaning Of Love" are also really good tunes. The rest are pretty much (and I hate using this word) filler. But, just really good filler. If you liked their first CD, you will probably like this one, as well. It's just not as good. Maybe because the band wasn't new anymore. I don't know. But, it's definately worth owning if you are a fan of this kind of music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1992's Hold Your Fire was the second album from Firehouse, one of the last "hair metal" bands to enjoy major popularity in the early 90's. Firehouse, along with bands like Slaughter and Steelheart had a more polished and non-threatening approach than the Sunset Strip rockers, and it paid off big time.

Side note - I bought this the summer I graduated high school and had this album in heavy rotation with Faith No More's Angel Dust and the "black" Metallica album. It seems crazy now, but at the time I didn't think twice about calling all three "metal."

Anyway, Hold Your Fire wasn't quite as popular as the first Firehouse album, but I think it's a stronger album overall. The songs are still 80's cheese, but they're better written and the musicianship seems a bit tighter. The hits on this album are the rocking opener "Reach for the Sky" and the sappy ballad "When I Look Into Your Eyes" (that one makes me want to gouge my own eyes out), but the album's best songs are the upbeat party rockers "Hold Your Fire" and "Life In the Real World" as well as the slow but epic "Hold the Dream." Yeah, there's some filler too, but there are more good songs than bad.

It's dated and it's cheesy, but I still love it. If you're a child of the 80's and aren't ashamed of the whole "hair metal" scene, you really need to pick up a copy of Hold Your Fire. Amazingly enough, the album is still in print and available at a bargain price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2000
Hold Your Fire is basically a hard rock album and you might feel a bit heavy if your first encounter with them is 3 or Category 5.
This album is packed with hard but not without pop rock feel My favorite is Sleeping With You and When I Look Into Your Eyes.
If you like this album maybe you will love their latest release O2--comeback of their early rock style and more.
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This is a great album It has great guitar work on it although I didn't fall as much in love with this Firehouse band album, as I did with their Debut so I'll giving it slightly less credit then their debut, it does contain a vary close sound to their first albums self titled "Firehouse" it has the same singer and vocal sound as this bands vary first album not much difference in this album, then in the first. I can say the guitarist is more musical in this one then in the last album made by this great glam metal band. but as far as the vocals go same as the last one, The vocals are like any ordinary Glam metal band in fact one of the songs sound just like a repeat from their 1st album in which I was highly disappointed in that one song. another song I didn't care too much for is track 6 called "Get In Touch" either. I found it too long and not impressive as other songs on this album in the beginning. But this is still a vary loveable glam metal album here I recommend this to anyone who like Firehouse's 1st album due to this album being much the same and to all Firehouse band fans out there. as well as any and all glam metal band fans out there in this universe.

This CD has 12 songs and is about 51 minutes long at full listen
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on April 12, 2013
Firehouse was one of the last melodic rock bands to taste any kind of success in the early-90s. These guys played a very melodic and catchy form of what was known as "hair metal," and they did it better than most.

Released in 1992, "Hold Your Fire" was a more than worthy follow-up record for melodic rock band Firehouse. These guys played a very typical brand of melodic rock music for 1992, but these guys were head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. While the majority of their albums have some filler, most of the tracks are knockouts, and could have easily blown up if given a chance on radio or MTV back in the day. I'm not really biased toward Firehouse, but I really love their first three records, and consider them essential melodic hard rock. The songs I enjoyed most were "Reach For The Sky," "Rock You Tonight," "Mama Didn't Raise no Fool" and "Sleeping With You Tonight."

Firehouse went on to release another record in 1995 titled "3," but it sort of trailed from the party-rock formula of their first two outings. I already said that I consider this pretty much essential, so go pick this album up right now.
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on June 21, 2005
The first album from the band and Hold your Fire represent some of the best music of the nineties for what concern about hair melodic metal. I prefer HYF to the first one even if I love them both! Hold your fire is better recorded than the first one, it has a little more mature songwriting and it is consistent from the beginning to its end. Bill Leverty guitar sound is exceptional a truly wall of sound when he plays rhythmn parts and a really "cutting through the mix" sound when he plays solos. I really love also CJ's voice which is truly correct for the genre and really entertaining! The songs are great, great, great melodic metal and after all these years they still continue to give me fun and make me sing! These two records from Firehouse and the first two from Danger Danger are always in my cd player as the best example of an era of fantastic music, of tender power ballads and killer melodic riffs! Hair metal era!
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on December 3, 2005
Another great album by Firehouse. My favorites are Reach for the sky, When I look into your eyes, and hold your fire. I have other favorites, but there are my top 3. I have a story to go along with this album, ladies and gentlemen.

See, I was heading to Cross-Country one day, for the huge "Group 2" meet. (There's a section, and 5 groups from every section make it, and there were four sections, so you can make the calculations). I listened to this album, having a bad day before, and having a bad night of rest. Listening to this album, I got a river of positivity, and I had a great start and a great finish. I ended up smashing my last personal best in Cross-Country. Basically ladies and gentlemen, this cd has alot of effect. Get it.

I love to review things. Have a great day!
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