You Are the Woman
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Firefall's debut makes the Eagles and Pure Prairie League sound like heavy metal. So never mind that drummer Michael Clarke was once in the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers; Firefall is mid-'70s West Coast country pop at its softest and most in love with mirrors, which isn't a bad thing at all. Every single instrument -- from the synths and congas to those airy harmonies -- sounds as if it's cut from crystal. The smooth ballads are better than the lite funk jams, but that's nitpicking.