"Reflections" (Deko Music; 2023)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Fireborn is a solid, female-fronted rock band in the vein of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and The Pretty Reckless. There are a whopping fourteen tracks on "Reflections," and they are all backed with crunchy guitar, soaring vocals and epic melodies. It's hard rock, for sure, but I'm not sure I'd call it metal (although, admittedly, sometimes it comes close).

As good as the band is here (and they are good, delivering track after track of wall-to-wall music), the star is their lead vocalist, Jenny Gruber. Jenny has one of those voices that fills your ears, delivering vocals with stunning power, whether she's screaming it out in the harder rockers, like "The Eye of the Hurricane" or delivering a slower, ballad-like tune like "Guide You Home."

My favorite tracks here are the aforementioned "The Eye of the Hurricane," the hammering and confident "Proud and Ashamed," and the anthemic closer "Set Off." But there's not a bad track to be found here. "Reflections" will have you singing along, pumping your fist in the air and losing yourself in the music. Can't really ask for much more than that.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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