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Man on the Burning Tightrope

FirewaterAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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 (June 17, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B00009ATKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fanfare
2. Anything At All
3. Too Much (Is Never Enough)
4. Too Many Angels
5. Dark Days Indeed
6. The Man On The Burning Tightrope
7. The Truth Hurts
8. Secret
9. The Vegas Strip
10. Ponzi's Revenge
11. Don't Make It Stop
12. The Dog & Pony Show
13. The Song That Saved My Life
14. Before The Fall
15. Descent

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Make It Stop June 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
They've done it again. Those crazy lads of Firewater have produced another gem.
The Man on the Burning Tightrope is a circus nightmare like Mr. Kite on a bad acid trip. Play it for your friends, under hot lights if you want them to confess deeply held secrets. Full of hope and optimism, if you're looking forward to falling into a spiralling inferno. A rock'in 3 ring punk klezmer celebration of doom, interspersed with burlesque, t.v. themes for shows too dangerous to air, and drunken carousel rides.
Tod A is a genius. Too bad he can't use his incredible intellect for good instead of evil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can this be five stars? January 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I feel suspect for giving this album five stars. I mean everyone who is enthralled by a given album hands them out like a kindergarten teacher who is thrilled that the students are actualy retaining anything. Simple answer - Firewater is the teacher! Like the newly revived CVB or vintage Waits, they simply made an album like no-one does anymore. A variety of styles by a singular voice. So when they pass over the indie rock stylings of "Don't Make It Stop", it feels like a revelation. It's like a great foreign film that suddenly turns to english. So if you like a mixed bag of styles delivered by a band and a singer that make them their own, this is your ticket to ride. Simply fantastic. And while you are at it pick up The Ponzi Scheme. This is a great band that people will discover years after they disappear from the scene. Great lyrics, great music, a singular style. Though I don't play it 24/7, whenever it makes it out, I feel like something is going on, somewhere!--
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but still good March 25, 2008
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My favorite Firewater is probably Get off the Cross. That album has a number of different sounds, but comes together to make a great package. This album feels a tad listless, and meanders a bit too much.
There are still some good songs and is overall worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing FIREWATER!!!!!!!manontheburningtightrope June 18, 2003
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This has got to be the best of Firewater yet. I've been a fan since the old CSC days, and have followed tod a and Firewaters' progression over the years since the 1996 debut. The man on the Burning Tighrope has the most experimentally frayed-edges of instrumentation feeling Firewater have presented thus far. Tod shared his drink with anyone from Tom Waits to Alice Cooper('Vegas Strip' sounds like 'Some Folks', to me, in a way, without sounding like it at all.) And the swill they left in his glass conjealed into tons of carnival-carousel, monkey-grinder sounds, jesters dancing around a bonfire, marching themes, big fat basses, angry distortions, and the empty bottle hitting the floor as you drop your last coin in the slot.(Or was that Tamir?) Overall an EXCELLENT cd--One I won't put down for years, only to pick it right back up again. BEWARE--It may take time to adjust youself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read album December 11, 2013
By Nathan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is great. I only I had another Firewater album before, Golden Hour, and that's little softer than this album, but I love this album. It's great, the song writing is exceptional as always and the music is very upbeat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre January 27, 2013
By d3
Format:Audio CD
Bought this after hearing an awesome song by the same group on a compilation disk. Firewater does have an interesting style, but the CD overall doesn't really have any "stand-out" songs that energize or engage the listener. It's above average in technical aspects as well as in creativity, but it's lacking the spark that draws the listener in. I imagine they'd be a good band to see live, though.
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