by Faith Hill


Returning from the broader pop arenas she explored on 2002's Cry, Faith Hill proffers a state-of-the-art mainstream country gem in Fireflies, with ambitious, soaring arrangements, stellar support from top-drawer sidemen, and -- the main virtue -- Hill's savvy vocalizing. She employs her soaring pipes in a variety of welcoming settings: the hard-driving, honky-tonk-tinged celebration of lasting love in "Dearly Beloved"; the rootsy kiss-off ballad "I Ain't Gonna Take It Anymore"; the anguished drama of the tear-stained power ballad "Like We Never Loved At All," a duet with hubby and co-producer Tim McGraw, appearing as his studio alter ego, Byron Gallimore. (Incidentally, this track sounds like it would be right in Trisha Yearwood's wheelhouse.) Hill also knows how to choose a well-crafted tune, selecting, among others, a handful of songs penned by John Rich of Big & Rich, including the rowdy, biographical single "Mississippi Girl" and the lighthearted pop ebullience of "Sunshine and Summertime," which sounds like an instant seasonal classic. On a more serious note, she delves into drama-rich introspection on the yearning lover's vow "If You Ask" and even some topical, post-9/11 commentary on the urgent "We've Got Nothing but Love to Prove." Settle in: Fireflies looks to be buzzing around for quite some time.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0093624941927
catalogNumber: 249419

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faith Hill   Primary Artist
Rhonda Vincent   Background Vocals
Kelly Willis   Background Vocals
Mike Henderson   Electric Guitar
Steve Cohn   Accordion
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Eric Darken   Percussion,Bass Guitar
Javier Solís   Percussion
Tim McGraw   Background Vocals
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Darius Campo   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Cello
Dan Dugmore   Banjo,Dobro,Percussion
Stuart Duncan   Mandolin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Byron Gallimore   Organ,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Cello
Endre Granat   Violin
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar,Electronic Mandolin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Jay Joyce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Charles Judge   Organ,Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Roland Kato   Viola
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Michael Markman   Violin
Chris McHugh   Drums
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Gordon Mote   Piano
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Weissenborn
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Susan Chatman   Violin
Jimmy Nichols   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Robert Peterson   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Tim Lauer   Accordion
Brett E. Warren   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roberto Cani   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Dan Smith   Cello
Robert Matsuda   Violin
Shannon Forest   Drums
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello
Mario de León   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Faith Hill   Producer,Audio Production
Derek Bason   Engineer
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Jay Joyce   Composer
Julian King   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Gene Miller   Vocal Treatments
Justin Niebank   Engineer
John Paterno   Engineer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Suzie Katayama   Orchestral Coordinator
Bobby Terry   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
James Calloway   Engineer
Vicky McGehee   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Scot Sax   Composer
Bobby Tomberlin   Composer
Kevin Brandt   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Brady Barnett   Engineer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Georgia Middleman   Composer
Jason Gantt   Engineer
Adam Shoenfeld   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Jesse Chrisman   Engineer
Sara Lesher   Engineer
John Rich   Composer
David Bryant   Engineer
Fred Wilhelm   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Andrea Stolpe   Composer

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apparently, Faith Hill got over her aspirations of being a pop singer. Also of being an actress. Now, she just wants to be a good, old country girl. The stripped production of Fireflies is a good move away from the over cooked Cry, however, it serves mostly as a reminder that Hill is so far removed from anything country that she confuses accoutic with country. This would not be so probelmatic where it not for the fact that her first single is all about how country she is--ironically in a soft rock song. Mississippi Girl only highlights one of the fundimental problems with Hill, her lack of connection with her material. Hill feels more like she is selling a song than connecting with it, and, unfortunately, if you have to sell a song like Mississippi Girl, people aren't buying. And, unfortunately, her vocals are a help and a hinderance as Hill relies more on style and power than on subtle nuances that would makes the songs sparkle and resonate. Hill's vanilla vocals work well on such songs as "Mississippi Girl" and "Paris." However, on a song like "Like We Never Loved" which requires more grit or "I Ain't Gonna Take It" which requires more muscle or even just "Dearly Beloved" which requires only a truely country vocal, Hill cannot drag herself out of her prettiest-preincess-in-the-pagent box to change it up. And, on a song like "If You Ask" her habit of mistaking volume with emotion completely detracts from the songs focus and meaning. Listening to Hill reminds one of some of the better also-rans on American Idol. Specifically, two favored critiques: "Potenital" and "It was good but so what." Faith Hill has POTENTIALLY the best technical voice in country music. However, both Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne have nearly the same voices. The difference is that both of them move forward with every album and deliver with every album something that knocks your socks off. The most that can be said for Fireflies is that Faith Hill is back to where she was 10 years ago. She needs to be listening to what is going on in country music now and growing along with that. It is only when she becomes aware of her sorounding and learns from fellow artists that Hill will uncover the potential she showed on such albums as "It Matters To Me."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Apart from the first 3 tracks this is a dull once paced album full of ballads which if you want to be put to sleep is fine. Take my advice and save your cash cause this just does not cut it in anyway. To wait 3 years to produce this is poor
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith Hill's Fireflies is full of hits. Sunshine and Summertime is a fun upbeat song and it sounds like Faith is having so much fun singing it. Like We Never Loved At All a duet with Tim McGraw, is one that will go in their book of great duets together. I recommend this CD to everyone, You'll Love It!!! Tamara (i-squad mcgraw_fan_mi)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fireflies is a great CD. I missed hearing her voice and was so excited to have her be back to her country roots. Every song is a joy to hear and I look forward to wearing out the cd! dlovebug11
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome album! It sounds like she is singing something out of her diary... I loved it! It is once again a wonderful album from Faith Hill. *Recommendation from pinKiss1987*
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is got to be one of Faith's best album's. Every song on here is excellent and her voice is beautiful. It has been 3 years and it was well worth the wait. Don't miss out on this album It is a must have.:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really excited for this cd to come out and it did nothing but disappoint me. I was expecting more like her other cds like "faith" and "take me as i am" but it didnt have many songs that made me want to listen to it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is in my opinion the best cd faith has put out! I love all the songs!! they are all heartfelt, the way she sings!!! this is a definite 5+++++++++ stars!!! Please listen and buy this cd!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE her newest song, "Mississippi Girl", it has a more country vibe to it, which brings faith back to her country roots!!! I LOVE IT!!! makes ME want to be a mississippi girl, but i'm a TEXAS girl, and i wouldn't want to change that for the world!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally Faith Hill is back with a new album, and it is great! All the songs are excellent, with my favorites being Paris, Like We Never Loved at All, and Stay With Me. There is a lot of deep meaning in some of the songs, and others are more fun, but all are well written. No fluff here. You should definitely check out this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fireflies is a well rounded show of all Faith's many talents! Her velvet vioce never sounded so good.Well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Faith's albums but this one just drags... Except for Mississippi Girl and Like We Never Loved At All, the songs are just boring. I expected MUCH more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awful CD!! She has an ok voice but she doesnt use it right.. and what is up with the frizzy look1?!?!?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yuck!! She has done way better than this! Sorry, save your money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fireflies is such a beautiful album. All the songs are very deep or fun and very easy to relate to!!! Definately my favorite CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album the day it came out, and was amazed on how truthful songs can be! You can tell Faith Hill put her heart into each song. You should definately buy this album! faithlovernproud
Guest More than 1 year ago
ya'll...if you havent picked up this album yet, then you've got too!! its really great, and it harkens back to faith's old days before she went little pop...there are great ballads like paris and stealing kisses to cute, fun songs like dearly beloved and sunshine and summertime..its a definate must have for any faith fan! -highclassredneck
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this album! It is my fave along with..well, all of hers. I'm so glad she's back in country music, and she has been missed! Great job, Faith! (isquad member: GeorgiaFlash
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was definately waiting almost three years for. It shows the roots of Faith. From Honky Tonk like in "Dearly Beloved" to upbeat like in "Sunshine & Summertime." If I had to wait another three years, heck another 5 years for an album as spectacular as this. By golly I would. This is yet Faith's BEST work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a must have!!! Her voice is amazing as always. I love the song Sunshine and Summertime becuase of its fun tune. It is a great CD and I'm glad she is back.!!!! Go get the CD what are you waitng for.!! i-squad name MissDiane
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't already, you MUST take a listen to this fabulous album. Faith really poured herself into this album, as she has with every album she has released. I've been a fan for a long time and I think this album shows just how much she has grown as an artist. As always, Faith's heart is in every one of these songs. I particularly like "I Ain't Gonna Take It Anymore", "Fireflies" and "Paris". Faith really has an amazing voice and it's showcased beautifully on "Paris" and "Wish For You".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith Hill has done it again with a great cd. The woman just gets better and better. She has struck gold with the songs on this. From the fun song of "Dearly Beloved" to the beautiful pairing of her and her husband Tim McGraw singing "Like we never loved at all" you will not be disappointed with this purchase. ~MrsJaxx on Faith's I-Squad
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Faith Hill Fireflies album is her best album yet!! You can really tell she had fun with this record. Especially, when listening to the songs Sunshine & Summertime, and Dearly Beloved. I think this is a well rounded out record with both fun and heartfelt songs. This collection includes: Like We Never Loved at All--Duet with Tim McGraw Wish For You and many more! A must have for all Faith fans!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the bomb!! I love every song. Faith's voice rocks and soothes the soul.I-Squad:snakelady