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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Internal Combustion (5:17)
2. Just Out of Reach (6:00)
3. The Rain and the Rainbow (5:04)
4. Like a Star (5:50)
5. Hanglider (7:25)
6. In Motion (4:18)
7. Time Was Frozen (3:51)
8. High (4:25)
9. Not Just for America (5:08)
10. One to Live, One to Die (4:27)
11. No Surprise (4:54)
12. The One (8:42)

Total Time 65:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Eric Sands / guitar
- Jeff Hodges / keyboard, vocals

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The Orchard #1219

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Review by Greger
4 stars This is the record that won "The Prog-Net 1998 Album of the Year Award". Well, is it really that good? I have to admit that it is surprisingly good. This is intelligent dark 80's neo-progressive rock mixed with 80's new-romantic synth pop oriented groups. Here you got strong melodies, good musicians and interesting arrangements. You can hear similarities with ABC, DEPECHE MODE, DURAN DURAN, EURYTHMICS, Peter GABRIEL, JAPAN, Nik KERSHAW, PINK FLOYD, POWER STATION, RUSH, SAGA and SCRITTI POLITTI. A mix you haven't seen that often in progressive rock. That is also the unique thing about MAN ON FIRE. The classical trained keyboard player and singer Jeff Hodges and guitarist and bassist Eric Sands under the name SECTION 8 formed MAN ON FIRE in 1986. The group is still a two-man band with guest musicians, among others the drummers Warren Z, RJ Vealey and Jimmy Mouton that share the drumming on this album. Eric Sands bass playing is influenced by Mick Karn of JAPAN. The vocals are sometimes close to Geddy Lee of RUSH. Some tracks that's worth a special mentioning are the opener "Internal Combustion" (with RUSH influences), "Just Out of Reach", "The Rain and the Rainbow", "Like A Star" (with influences from JAPAN and RUSH), "In Motion" (influenced by JAPAN), "High", "Not Just for America", "One to Live, One to Die" (a mix between JAPAN and DURAN DURAN) and "No Surprise". MAN ON FIRE may not be one of the most innovative progressive groups, but the overall feeling is convincing. One thing that may be a problem is that they are to poppy for the progressive listener, and to progressive for those who like pop. They are somewhere in between those genres. I think that many of the tracks could have had a chance on the charts if this album was put out in the 80's. Maybe it's an advantage if you've got a wide musical taste to get into this album. Apart from that, this is one of the most impressive debut albums from 1998, and a must have for all lovers of neo-progressive pop. I will definitely listen to this many times in the future. Recommended!
Review by apps79
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3 stars Man on Fire started in the 90's as a duo of two talented figures based in Atlanta, Georgia.Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Hodges and multi-instrumentalist Eric Sands decided to join forces and come up with an Art Rock style with little resemblances to other bands.Their first efforts were taped on their 1998 self-released self-titled debut.

While the sound of this early Man on Fire work has evident references to 90's US Progressive Rock, the combination of different sights and sounds goes beyond this narrow description and ends up being trully artistic and progressive, dropping into the mix elements from quirky Pop, Progressive Rock, Experimental Rock and even Synth-Pop Rock, at the end having their own personal and diverse music approach.There are strong bits from 90's KING CRIMSON, 80's/90's-period RUSH as well as classic Art Rock acts such as TALK TALK, JAPAN, while some of tracks have this typical American TILES/ENCHANT-like feeling and a few of them contain guitar plays in the vein of QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY.Twelve mostly short compositions, where the main components are the distorted vocals, the thin drum programming, the swirling fretless bass of Sands to go along with epic keyboard sounds, 80's-sounding synthesizers, sound effects and soft piano lines.The guitars are also present, mostly in rhythmic parts along with some limited solos, and the tracks are accesible, well-crafted, based more on atmosphere than technique.Really hard to describe the different-sounding tunes in Man on Fire's music, but imagine generally a nice blend of Art Pop Rock with more accesible Progressive Rock, but certainly more varied and artistic than to say IT BITES.

Nice and original music, that can be hardly appreciated by fans stuck in Classic Prog and its development over the years, but will have a certain appeal to more open-minded lovers of music.Recommended.

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