Although it ignores any Firehouse album released after 1996, this compilation still gathers up all of the band’s hits, from their early material (“Love of a Lifetime,” “Don’t Treat Me Bad”) to their surprise grunge-era Top 40 single (“I Live My Life for You”). “When I Look into Your Eyes,” one of the very last hair metal power ballads to climb the charts, is also included, but the rest of The Very Best of Firehouse is essentially a mishmash of material from the band’s time on Epic Records, with strong songs like “All She Wrote” rubbing shoulders with more forgettable tracks. Epic has pulled this trick before, and while The Very Best of Firehouse may be the band’s most thorough compilation to date, it also feels like an attempt to squeeze a few more dollars out of a band that hasn’t been on Epic’s roster for 15 years. Those looking for a greatest-hits album should be satisfied; those looking to support the band, however, would do better picking up an album whose proceeds don’t go to Firehouse’s former label.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey