Album/The Radio Hour
URL – http://theradiohour.com/
About the Artist: This is the latest 13 Track release from this Alternative Rock band headed up by musical mastermind Tim Hort who comes to us from Chicago. Band name: Radio Power.
Review: The Radio Hour is one release that certainly doesn’t disappoint. This is one band that brings to the table effective songwriting via a highly marketable musical delivery and at times clairvoyant and somewhat mysterious and mystifying. This meshed with a one in a million Alternative-Rock sound and effective visuals and vocals makes for a very effective combination no doubt. Hort is just a breath away from College-Indie-Pop or even Rock or Punk but skillfully and methodically never crosses the line into either realm. All songs are wonderfully simple but masterful in their overall arrangements. Music reminded me of a cross between Saosin, Story of the Year, Taking Back Sunday and Yellowcard. I can even hear some Talking Heads. This CD is quite entertaining overall with an amazing vocal front of Hort who is a musical triple threat in my mind. This is a rock solid rock band. The Radio Hour’s core line-up consists of songwriter Tim Hort on vocals and guitar, with additional performances by guitarists and collaborators Joe Griffin and Jordan Macarus, Nathan Britsch on bass, Sean Burke on drums and Andy Swindler and Yeater on piano and B3. Hort has worked closely in the studio with Grammy-award winning engineer Blaise Barton (Bob Dylan, Victory Records, Local H, Liz Phair), and Chicagoan and Grammy-award winner Brian Leach. Hort has an amazing voice and the rest of him has likeable appeal (visually and vocally). The lyrical content is straight from the heart and offers a very strong and confident male perspective and spirit. This doesn’t mean many females won’t love him as well. All song do exactly what they are meant to do via well-crafted movements and top tiered musicianship. The overall production value is superb with a crystal clear sound quality.
To me the most marketable tracks are: Tuesday, World in a Day, Look for You and No Dissociation.
Conclusion: Radio Power (Tim Hort) has proven himself with this latest release. He is clearly an up and coming talent around the Chicago area and is just fun and exciting to listen to. All band member’s clearly capable musicians. I must admit The Radio Hour sucked me in like a powerful drug and refused to let go long after the CD was over. This usually indicates he is something special about the artist or band in question. Thus deserving praise, recognition and musical fame at the international level.
Score 8/10 Stars