The Fire This Time
he Fire This Time is a compilation featuring electronic music and an anti-war narration. To put it simply, the only people that this record would appeal to don’t need it. These people have already made up their minds about the war. Eighty minutes of facts and talking isn’t going to change the minds of anyone. To a supporter of the war, this will seem like a futile effort, a compilation of useless facts. To someone who is opposed to the war, this will seem like a great idea, a brilliant re-stating of some of the best anti-war points out there.
Of course, babies suffer because of war. Of course war is horrible and terrible and doesn’t get change anything, nobody is going to dispute that. Nobody that will listen to this record will have their mind changed, it may be embraced by the coffee shop elite, and that’s fine, but it is highly unlikely that it will make anybody really stop and take stock of their lives.
The entire first disc of this two cd set is full of Irish anti-war activist Grant Wakefield talking about why war would be a mistake. He cites many reasons from the US being bullies to Baghdad being important in world history. Whether or not you agree with his politics, the CD is a dull listen. It isn’t likely, unless you are quite interested in the subject already, that you will want to listen to a man talking about it for about eighty minutes, I sure don’t want to.
The second disc contains the instrumental backing from the first disc. The music is pretty decent, it's that old IDM stuff we’ve come to know and love. This stuff is what most people would call ambient, being built around drones—not the most exciting music. I’m sure it’s well suited to sitting back and thinking about how ill advised war is, however. Kait Gray provides some sampled wailing to “Nails in the Wall,” it isn’t the prettiest thing. There’s an Aphex Twin track on here, the Black Lung remix of “Come to Daddy,” that one’s pretty aggressive. But the whole thing just sort of flows by, without a passing thought.
So it’s pretty wacky that the United States government gave weapons to people that might later use them against them. Yeah, it’s horrible that babies get shot and blown up. Do we really need to be told this over and over? If you are interested in what a well-researched person has to say about the impending war with Iraq, go to his website at www.firethistime.com. If you want to hear him saying it with ambient techno backing, you can purchase this cd through the website as well.
Reviewed by: Tyler Martin
Reviewed on: 2003-09-01