17 Apr 2010 @ 9:58 PM 

10/10

The Radio Dept. are an electro/shoegaze band from Stockholm, Sweden.

When one listens to The Radio Dept., they’re taken to an ethereal plane of existence wrought with echo-y guitars over light electronic beats and softly-sung vocals about love and loss. From their first length debut to their 13 EPs and singles to my personal favorite, Pet Grief, a full-length album still seems to be somewhat of a rarity for them. What seems to be even more of a rarity for them is to stray from the aforementioned song formula that they’ve come to develop so comprehensively over the last 8 years. In fact, aside from the occasional light ‘orchestra hits’ on David and Heaven’s On Fire, this was exactly what I anticipated this record to sound like. In fact, I’ll go one further and say that this sounded exactly as I hoped it would.

If you’ve read any of my previous entries, you know that I’ve talked about this record nearly every other week.  After an album like Pet Grief, it was going to be a pretty tall order to follow something up as technically perfect. So what did they answer it with? An album of nearly the same caliber in every way. In fact, the only significant difference between Pet Grief and Clinging To A Scheme is the tone of the record. While the former is more of a soft-spoken and slightly sad record that may leave you with a tear in the eye, this album is much more upbeat and makes you want to sing along and bob your head. And while this may have some of their most upbeat songs yet, there are definitely echoes of their ambient/shoegazer roots that come out from time to time. The best examples of this are A Token Of Gratitude and their beautiful closer, You Stopped Making Sense; a slower couple of tracks that best represent what The Radio Dept. have done up to this point. The way the songs effortlessly drift into one another is also something they’ve done well in the past and its no surprise that they were able to do the same with this record. All in all, this met and exceeded every expectation that I had for it and after months of postponements, was more than worth the wait.

An absolutely beautifully written and performed shoegaze masterpiece…10/10

MP3: You Stopped Making Sense

Posted By: thelittlefield
Last Edit: 24 Apr 2010 @ 08:22 PM

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