Breaking from their formula a bit, Fireflight return with a brighter, more plaintive sound on their fifth album, Now. Though the band's sound, built around the vocals of singer Dawn Michele, still has a polished, hard rock edge, the songs here feel much more open and atmospheric. What's surprising is that, despite having more in the way of electronic elements filling out the sound, the record feels less produced than their last effort, For Those Who Wait. A lot of this comes from the less aggressive and more emotional sound, which allows Fireflight to fill the space with something other than thick, layered guitars, giving them the opportunity to use an expanded set of sonic tools. This change suits the group well, making Now an album that should kick off Fireflight's journey out from under the shadow of Evanescence as they grow into a more expansive and mature band.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney