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Mars Bonfire - Faster Than The Speed Of Life (2006)

Hard Rock | Author: jonson | 17-04-2015, 07:18
Mars Bonfire - Faster Than The Speed Of Life (2006)Artist: Mars Bonfire
Title Of Album: Faster Than The Speed Of Life
Year Of Release: 2006
Label (Catalog#): Fallout/FOCD 2017
Country: USA
Genre: Hard Psych Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 00:38:54
Full Size: 249 mb


01. Faster Than The Speed Of Life 03:04
02. Born To Be Wild 03:03
03. Sad Eyes 02:22
04. Lady Moon Walker 02:42
05. Tenderness 04:49
06. She 02:58
07. Ride With Me Baby 06:05
08. How Much Older Will We Grow? 05:52
09. So Alive With Love 02:42
10. In Christina's Arms 03:16
11. Night Time's For You 02:21

Mars Bonfire's late-'60s material occasionally bears some resemblance to Steppenwolf, particularly in the use of heavy organs. But in fact this is certainly on the lighter and more pop-flecked side than Steppenwolf, which might both disappointment Steppenwolf fans who seek this out on the basis of the "Born to Be Wild" connection, and make this LP a rather pleasant surprise to those fearing bombastic late-'60s hard rock on the order of Steppenwolf's less impressive aspects. There is a version of "Born to Be Wild" here that is far tamer and less effective than Steppenwolf's hit cover. Yet on about half the album Bonfire favors a pretty airy pop-psychedelic approach (reminiscent of his "Tomorrow's Ship" composition on the single for pre-Steppenwolf outfit the Sparrow, written under his real name of Dennis Edmonton) to both his songwriting and arrangements. Bonfire has a thin, crackly voice that lacks force and precluded any significant success as a solo singer and band frontman, but does have a sincere and likable quality in spite of its limitations. "Lady Moon Walker" in particular is an overlooked psych-pop gem, with Bonfire's best deployment of attractive melodies, spacy lyrics, and pleasing keyboard textures. "In Christina's Arms" and "Sad Eyes" are also neat-o tender love songs with just enough unexpected melodic changes and oh-so-slightly trippy lyrics to make them more intriguing than the usual decent late-'60s pop/rock tune. When Bonfire tries to rock harder and get a little bluesy, the music becomes undistinguished, and sometimes downright boring. The good half of the album make this a worthwhile find, though, and it's worthy of CD reissue (along with "Little Girl Lost" and "Time to Fly," non-LP cuts from the era). Sure it's obscure, but that hasn't stopped Columbia from reissuing lots of other commercially unsuccessful '60s stiffs from its vaults.

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