2016 debut album from US hard rockers Letters From The Fire. Worth the Pain features 13 songs that offer a beguiling mix of melody and heaviness. "These are our stories our trials and tribulations. This is who we are." That's Mike Keller, the guitarist/founder behind the Bay Area rock powerhouse Letters From the Fire, explaining his band's moniker. Ostensibly lifted from an old lyric, the phrase now serves as both a reminder of the band's sometimes turbulent origin as well as a rallying cry as the group moves forward and (re)introduces themselves to the music world. While Letters From the Fire has existed for a bit, the group only recently solidified a lineup that best represents Keller's original vision (the band is rounded out by Alexa Kabazie, Cameron Stucky, Clayton Wages and Brian Sumwalt).
The soundtracks to Clint Eastwood’s critically-lauded companion films, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, now available together in a special deluxe collector’s edition package: the embossed double-CD set includes exclusive interviews with Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens; actual Marine Corps broadcast recordings; a 40-page booklet including an introduction by Flags of Our Fathers author James Bradley; historical photos; extra photos from the films; an insert map of the Battle of Iwo Jima, and more!
There's an off-the-cuff manner to the opening songs of Eilen Jewell's Letters from Sinners & Strangers that makes the album easy to like. She builds "Rich Man's World" around bits and pieces of older folk songs, leaving the listener with the impression that she might have heard the song – somewhere – before. She follows with Eric Andersen's "Dusty Boxcar Walls," a song that likewise echoed Andersen's folk influences. Jewell's lazy Southern delivery on Letters from Sinners & Strangers, backed by full-band arrangements, reminds one of a mellower version of the Tarbox Ramblers' self-titled release.