Slipway Fires

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Slipway Fires
Studio album by Razorlight
Released 3 November 2008
Studio Air Studios, Fish Factory Studios
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 38:46
Label Mercury/Vertigo
Producer Mike Crossey
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Slipway Fires is the third album by English indie rock band Razorlight. The album was released on 3 November 2008.

The first single from the album, Wire to Wire, was released on 26 September 2008. It was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on 8 September 2008,[1] and peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The second single taken from the album was Hostage of Love released on 12 January 2009.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound(4/10) link
The Guardian3/5 stars link
Metro2/5 stars Link
NME(4/10) link
Q4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars link
Slant Magazine1.5/5 stars link
The Times1/5 stars link
Uncut3/5 stars link

Overall critical response to Slipway Fires was generally negative. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 52, based on 15 reviews.[4] Drowned In Sound described it as "a headachey throb of over-production and excessive sentiment" and "about as indie as Margaret Thatcher", while the NME described them as "just a boringly competent indie band masquerading as, at best, Fleetwood Mac and, at worst, Whitesnake". Q were favourable however, commenting that "Slipway Fires requires more of your time and duly rewards it", as well as making it their album of the month.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Johnny Borrell; except where indicated

  1. "Wire to Wire" - 3:05
  2. "Hostage of Love" (Borrell, Burrows) - 3:44
  3. "You and the Rest" - 3:25
  4. "Tabloid Lover" - 2:58
  5. "North London Trash" - 3:28
  6. "60 Thompson" (Borrell, Burrows) - 2:37
  7. "Stinger" (Borrell, Burrows) - 4:17
  8. "Burberry Blue Eyes" (Borrell, Burrows) - 3:33
  9. "Blood for Wild Blood" - 3:10
  10. "Monster Boots" - 4:34
  11. "The House" - 3:55

International Digital Version

  1. "Where The Frequencies Run Deep and Wild" - 3:07


  1. "Wire to Wire" (BBC Live Lounge) - 2:54

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Country Position
UK 4
Ireland 8
Germany 4
Switzerland 43
Austria 100
Belgian Albums Charts (Flanders) 23
France 62
Holland 88

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Rank
German Albums Chart[6] 36


  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Crossey
  • Engineered by Antonio and Nick Cervonaro
  • Assistant engineer: Adrian Breakspear
  • Recorded at The Fish Factory and Air Studios, London
  • Mixed at The Engine Room (Miloco Studios), London
  • Mastered by Robin Schmidt at 24-96 Mastering
  • Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
  • Management by Roger Morton
  • Cover photography by Paul Rider, Johnny Photo and David Ellis
  • Sleeve conceived by JB and Colly
  • Art Direction and design by Colly