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Full of Light and Full of Fire

  • 1. Water Surrounds
    2. Catch a Collapsing Star
    3. Golden Boy (Torture in the Shed)
    4. Rat's Alley
    5. Settle Down, Zelda
    6. Pipe Stories
    7. Name Names
    8. Mysterious in Black
    9. Morbid Craving
    10. Lethal Temptress, The
    11. Our Love Is Like a Wire
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 37

  • Credits
    ProducerRay Ketchem; Ray Ketchem
    EngineerRay Ketchem

    The Mendoza Line: Shannon McArdle (vocals); Timothy Bracy, Paul Deppler, Sean Fogarty, John Troutman, Philip McArdle.
    Audio Mixer: Ray Ketchem.
    Recording information: Womb (12/2004-07/2005).
    Lilting, evocative, and strangely compelling, this 2005 release is one of the Mendoza Line's strongest offerings. The stylistic backdrop of the album is based in folk, country, and roots rock, but the Mendoza Line inject it with upstart attitude, a sharp sense of songcraft, and lyrics that range from poignant confessionalism to political allegory. Timothy Bracy's Dylan-esque vocals offer a perfect counterpoint to Shannon Mardle's wispy singing, and the pair are particularly striking on the duets ("Our Love Is Like a Wire" is a highlight). By balancing the accessibility of familiar sounds with sophisticated writing and strong performances, the Mendoza Line has made quite a statement with FULL OF LIGHT AND FULL OF FIRE.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (No. 851, p.103) - "...[A]bsolutely the prettiest protest songs imaginable." - Grade: B
    CMJ (p.6) - "[T]he band's minimalism makes their stark messages on rockers such as 'Morbid Craving' and the aching 'Settle Down, Zelda' more arresting."
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