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Fireworks

Chris Stamey

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Chris Stamey's Fireworks wasn't released until 1991, but it was originally recorded in 1988 as Stamey's second solo album for A&M records, who rejected the resulting tapes as too weird and uncommercial. One wonders if anyone at A&M had ever actually heard any of Stamey's music (other than 1987's uncharacteristically straightforward It's Alright, his sole A&M release), since "weird and uncommercial" are the North Carolina-based rocker's calling cards. In fact, Fireworks is less extreme than earlier experiments like It's a Wonderful Life, but songs like the title track, an impressionistic soundscape of overdubbed guitars, are hardly Top 40 fare. Guests include ex-Sneakers bandmate Mitch Easter, Peter Buck, and NRBQ's Terry Adams, but this is definitely Stamey's show all the way. His idiosyncratic songwriting sense (the liner notes claim, not entirely helpfully, that the opaque "The Brakeman's Consolation" is an answer song to an old Cher single) and knack for sweetly memorable melodies battle it out throughout the album, giving Fireworks an odd but productive tension. It's Alright has the edge in terms of songwriting, but this is perhaps a more interesting album overall. ~ Stewart Mason

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1
The Company Of Light 00:04:06

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Something Came Over Me 00:04:40

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Glorious Delusion 00:04:12

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Time Is Running Out 00:04:04

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Two Places At Once 00:04:17

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Perfect Time 00:05:34

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
The Newlyweds 00:03:36

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
On The Radio (For Ray Davies) 00:04:57

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
All The Heart's Desire / Black Orchids 00:06:30

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Fireworks (Still Life #5) 00:04:15

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
The Brakeman's Consolation 00:03:20

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
I Want You 00:03:16

Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
You Don't Miss Your Water 00:03:39

William Bell, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stamey, Producer, MainArtist

An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Chris Stamey's Fireworks wasn't released until 1991, but it was originally recorded in 1988 as Stamey's second solo album for A&M records, who rejected the resulting tapes as too weird and uncommercial. One wonders if anyone at A&M had ever actually heard any of Stamey's music (other than 1987's uncharacteristically straightforward It's Alright, his sole A&M release), since "weird and uncommercial" are the North Carolina-based rocker's calling cards. In fact, Fireworks is less extreme than earlier experiments like It's a Wonderful Life, but songs like the title track, an impressionistic soundscape of overdubbed guitars, are hardly Top 40 fare. Guests include ex-Sneakers bandmate Mitch Easter, Peter Buck, and NRBQ's Terry Adams, but this is definitely Stamey's show all the way. His idiosyncratic songwriting sense (the liner notes claim, not entirely helpfully, that the opaque "The Brakeman's Consolation" is an answer song to an old Cher single) and knack for sweetly memorable melodies battle it out throughout the album, giving Fireworks an odd but productive tension. It's Alright has the edge in terms of songwriting, but this is perhaps a more interesting album overall. ~ Stewart Mason

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