When Firehouse released their self-titled debut album way back in 1990, no one knew that a Seattle-based genre of rock would soon kill the hair band sound. Firehouse entered the hard rock game just a little too late and became a young casualty of grunge in the United States. Despite this, the band's debut album is still one of the best albums to be born from the hair band genre and has held up well over time.
This album features three charting hits for the band: the uber ballad "Love Of A Lifetime" and two radio-ready pop rockers, "All She Wrote" and "Don't Treat Me Bad."
As good as these songs are, the rest of the album can hold its own as well. Legitimate rockers like "Shake And Tumble" and "Lover's Lane" prove that the band was more than a ballad machine. Other highlights include melodic rockers like "Don't Walk Away," "Helpless," and "Overnight Sensation."
Lead vocalist C.J. Snare's voice sinks to a lightly rasping whisper and then rises to an all-out wail. Bill Leverty's guitar work is solid and he receives strong accompaniment from Perry Richardson's bass. On the skins, Michael Foster keeps Firehouse in check.
If you enjoy the sound of melodic rockers like Dokken, the pop rock stylings of Warrant and Winger, or are just wanting to relive those memories of the junior high dance, take Firehouse's debut album for a spin. It's one of the last best albums of the hair era before flannel and rain came into style. Highly recommended.