1. Stay Close (3:28)
2. Ignite (2:56)
3. Escape (4:21)
4. He Weeps (3:36)
5. Keeping Me Alive (3:55)
6. Stronger Than You Think (3:41)
7. Prove Me Wrong (3:33)
8. Dying For Your Love (3:21)
9. Rise Above (4:29)
10. Now (2:49)
As good as it may have been the Christian rock/metal quartet Fireflight’s last album For Those Who Wait left fans unsatisfied. It almost seemed that the band had stepped away from everything that made them Fireflight. After a short time and a label change the band is back though with their best work to date, Now.
As far as music goes it’s clear that Fireflight has stepped it up with the return of the power metal rifts found on Unbreakable. The album opens with the hit single “Stay Close” which is not only a power opener musically but also lyrically. Tracks like “Prove me Wrong” and “Ignite” are good examples of Fireflight’s energy that was missing on their previous outing. It would also seem that the band has also mastered the art of the ballad with tracks like “He Weeps” and “Rise Above.”
Lyrically this also could be the strongest album the band has ever produced. Messages of hope and salvation are sprinkled throughout with the flavor of forgiveness and totally surrendering our wills to Christ. “Stay Close” is a prayer asking God to stay close in a time of distress, “Escape” serves as an encouragement to get out of a troubling situation and “Keeping me Alive” follows the theme of surrender as we acknowledge our ability to try to take control of things.
One track that will defiantly stand out to listeners is the ballad “He Weeps” a song that actually made me cry the first time I listened to it. The song talks about situations where we wonder what God is (“Where is God when the rain falls, and wipes the car off the road, is He standing in the storm?”). This was the first song that ever made me cry on the first run through, and I’m not ashamed to confess this.
All in all Fireflight has added another solid album to their discography. More than anything it is defiantly a step forward and a step up from their last project and a good addition to any Christian Rock collection.