"It wouldn’t be right to go any further in an Autoheart review without now bringing attention to Jody’s magnificent vocal style. Evoking Tracy Chapman, his voice is beguiling, almost genderless, but always compelling. If you’ve never heard Autoheart before, please take a moment to listen to any of their songs right now. Go on, this can wait.
Have you done so? Good.
I’m right, aren’t I? That voice is gorgeous."
Lead single ‘Oxford Blood’ is a powerful electro-based song, led by Gadsden’s poetic vocal and the backing of Berlin based singer songwriter Anne Haight. “We need a lot of love to combat the evil – lying in a bathtub hoping for a miracle” runs the lyrical hook. It’s magical. Almost-title track ‘We Can Build A Fire’ in contrast pounds along to a rhythmical beat. The use of the metre and pace of the lyrics as a counterpoint to the music is one I have always loved, and ‘We Can Build A Fire’ uses this perfectly. “In my assassination there are constellations lighting up the sky above, the night is full of love” – the words themselves are less important in this song than the texture they create. Then there is the most gorgeous ballad you could wish to hear. Gadsden wrote ‘Before You Came’ for his boyfriend Matt, and sent it to him on Christmas Day. You can quite understand why this is his favourite track on the album. Here the lyrics mean everything. “On the day before you came – Every view I ever saw was never good enough, there was little in my life that I was proud of”. Beautiful stuff.
(Shining The Light)