For Those Who Wait
Hard rock muscle and Spirit-filled ministry are inextricably fused on Fireflight’s For Those Who Wait. In the manner of 2008’s Unbreakable, they keep the album’s emphasis on uplifting lyrics and crunchy guitar riffage. Dawn Richardson’s lead vocals maintain an assertive edge without becoming shrill, conveying the right blend of vulnerability and exaltation. Spiritual transformation is a reoccurring theme here, driven home with pummeling force. Richardson sings of her relationship with God in very personal terms at times wandering into Jesus-is-my-boyfriend territory. For those who listen closely though, there’s nothing ambiguous about the God-centered content of tunes like “Fire In My Eyes,” “New Perspective” and “Desperate.” While most of this album is kept at a ferocious pitch, several piano-centered ballads (most notably “Name”) are more intimate in feel. Fireflight doesn’t soar into uncharted zones in these tracks; the band’s message is timeless and their sonic moves are familiar. But for those looking for bracing, arena-sized inspirational rock, For Those Who Wait arrives right on time.