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THE RADIO SUN - HEAVEN OR HEARTBREAK - ALBUM REVIEW

MELODIC ROCK RECORDS | Release Date: September 25 2015

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This is rather good you know. If you thought that Melodic Rock was a bastion held by the Europeans and the leftovers of the eighties US scene then think again. Melbourne’s ‘The Radio Sun’ can play with the big boys on the basis of this release.


There’s an almost House of Lords meets Autograph vibe about the accomplished opener ‘Caught Between Heaven and a Heartbreak’ whilst ‘Tell Me What You Want’ that hits immediately after is even better, it’s more vibrant, more colourful and kind of reminds me of the much underrated Trixter, or at a stretch Nelson at their peak.


The ballad if anything comes too soon in the tracklisting, you can’t deny its beautifully constructed, all lush melodies and restraint with a great vocal  and huge hook, the only fault is that ‘Dying Without Your Love’ comes too soon, it’s like playing the slow song at the disco before you’ve got the first round in!


That though is about the only niggle here: ‘Science Fiction Make Believe’ has a harder edge before the soaring melodies kick in aided and abetted with a co-lead vocal from Paul Laine. The rest of the album keeps up the exceedingly high quality and it’s not that the band is trapped in the Melodic time warp that some bands in the genre tend to be, there’s plenty of modern touches, nice structures and great production to go with the traditional Melodic Rock template.


For us the peaks include: ‘You’re the One’ which again draws the Nelson comparison (there’s also a cover of Nelson’s ‘After the Rain’ as a bonus track on the Australian release) it’s currently our pick of the bunch, but there’s strong competition… from the likes of ‘Maybe’ with it’s huge harmonies, the Queen-like ‘Madness in the World’ and the best ballad here: ‘One in a Million’.


Great Aussie Melodic Rock that deserves a place on a bigger stage.

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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