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RADIO SILENCE Whose Skin Are You Under Now Escape Music (2009)

Radio Silence

Alistair Gordon, the man behind Radio Silence, has been working in the music industry for many years working with artists such as Russell Watson, Sad Café, Eric Clapton and Tony Banks. This is the third album under the Radio Silence banner with the last one appearing back in 2001. This album has a more band feel as Alistair Gordon is joined on the album by Martin Kronlund (guitars), Imre Daun (drums) and Mats Olausson (keyboards).

For those who like AOR meets pop rock this album will be right up your street. Whilst never rocking out, bar maybe on 'Shotgun Love', the songs are catchy and stand up to repeated plays. In fact this album grows on you the more you play it.

Highlights include 'Somethin'Going On' with its repetitive yet highly effect chorus and 'When The Lights Go Down' a superb slice of AOR. Vocally Alistair Gordon reminded me of Gary Barden particularly on the Silver albums which is probably the nearest comparison to the music on here along with Newman and Sad Café for the way layered harmonies are used so effectively.

The Sad Café link resurfaces on the ballad 'Anyway The Wind Blows' as this was written by the late former Sad café vocalist Paul Young. The album closes with an acoustic version of the Beatles song 'Hide Your Love Away'. A very fine version of this classic song.

This is the first album I have heard from Radio Silence and so impressed am I by this one I am off to hunt down the first two albums. Catchy, well played and above all enjoyable AOR.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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