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VANCE JOY - FIRE AND THE FLOOD (SONG)
Label:LIB/UMA
Entry:09/08/2015 (Position 21)
Last week in charts:07/02/2016 (Position 49)
Peak:6 (2 weeks)
Weeks:27
Place on best of all time:472 (753 points)
Year:2015
World wide:
au  Peak: 6 / weeks: 27

Digital
Liberation -


TRACKS
24/07/2015
Digital Liberation -
1. Fire And The Flood
4:09
   

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Medium
Date
4:09Fire And The FloodLiberation
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Single
Digital
24/07/2015
4:09Dream Your Life Away [Deluxe Edition]Liberation
LMCD0275
Album
CD
04/09/2015
4:11So Fresh: The Hits Of Spring 2015Universal
5364200
Compilation
CD
11/09/2015
MUSIC DIRECTORY
Vance JoyVance Joy: Discography / Become a fan
VANCE JOY IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Riptide30/06/2013645
Mess Is Mine27/07/2014338
Wasted Time07/09/2014431
Georgia01/03/20151517
Fire And The Flood09/08/2015627
Lay It On Me30/07/2017258
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Dream Your Life Away21/09/2014180
SONGS BY VANCE JOY
All I Ever Wanted
Best That I Can
Emmylou
Fire And The Flood
First Time
From Afar
Georgia
Great Summer
Lay It On Me
Mess Is Mine
My Kind Of Man
Play With Fire
Red Eye
Riptide
Rolling In The Deep
Snaggletooth
Straight Into Your Arms
Wasted Time
We All Die Trying To Get It Right
Who Am I
Winds Of Change
ALBUMS BY VANCE JOY
Dream Your Life Away
God Loves You When You're Dancing [EP]
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.14 (Reviews: 14)
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*****
Beautiful song, great guitar, true Vance Joy style. But it's still very 'Dream Your Life Away', so not quite sure where he is going with the next album. I really like Vance Joy though, so love the song
***
Better then Riptide, inferior to Georgia.
*****
Has a similar sound to Mumford & Sons here. Great track from Vance Joy.
****
Quite good.
****
Well measured and enjoyable hit, even in spite of the backlash. I'd not be able to name another song of his I could ever enjoy more. 4.25
Last edited: 14/02/2016 06:29
****
A really nice effort.

I consider it his second-best behind "Riptide".

Also, does anyone think Vance Joy looks a little like Gotye in the cover art, or is that just me? :P
***
3 stars.
*****
Great song from Vance Joy. Lovely song!
*****
Wonderful return to form for Vance. This exudes the joys of love and once the brass comes in it becomes very uplifting.
****
A solid track from Vance. The enjoyment has faded just a little already though. The quiet second verse loses some valuable momentum. The chorus is great but I'm still wanting to hear something extra overall. Just behind 'Riptide' for me. 3.5*
******
He keeps producing the goods... Riptide, Mess Is Mine, Georgia and now this... 4 solid tracks and all worthy of a 6 star rating.

What a talent!
**
"Riptide" is not a remarkable song. Even if you like the song, it's hard to deny that it's anything more than an ex-footy player smashing out 3 whole chords on a ukelele with nonsense lyrics about some woman he probably wants to bonk. Its popularity seems to boil down to just happening to be the song of its type to cut into such a consciousness that it isn't as blatantly indistinct as it is. Of course when I say 'just happening', I'm of course referring to all the behind the scenes label work, all the many, many ad spots the song picked up over the course of its chart life, don't forget that a TV commercial is what propelled it into the top 50 in the first place.

The point I'm getting at with this is that Vance Joy is not a remarkable artist. The contriVANCEs that come together to make his music inescapable have little to do with anything that could be described as remarkable musicianship or songwriting. This is often how second album syndrome takes form for hyped bands, the lightning in a bottle that may well just be a catchy tune that was heard at the right place in the right time is not easily obtainable.

"Fire and the Flood" perhaps exemplifies this more so than any other song in his catalogue. Part of me wants to go easy on it because it did initially just seem to be a bonus track tacked onto a deluxe album, but my oh my did this plague me for half a year on the radio.

I remain convinced that it's the worst song he's ever written and released. It just shows a severe limitation in songwriting ideas, with the lyrics falling clunkily together with forced rhymes and syllables. Never mind that 'fire' and 'water' are individually among the most cliche lyrical themes to tackle, but the song refuses to even use them in any logical fashion, not expanding the metaphors but only introducing an incongruent one. What do fire & floods have to do with blood, apart from rhyming? And all this is, is just to distract from the fact that the song as a whole, is just a song about some girl that Keoghie wants to (or just did) bonk, which is essentially half of his discography at this point. I don't blame him, songwriting is hard. It just further shows that his discography is relentlessly unremarkable.

(Also seriously this song pushes it too hard in regards to the fact that between the mush mouth singing, the light strumming and now the pompous horn sections, Vance Joy is just a poor man's Beirut, who don't get nearly enough attention because their music isn't on TV commercials.)
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