"Enemies Like This" by Radio4

Radio 4
Enemies Like This

Astralwerks
2006

Review

The drums that open the record quicken the pulse and set the stage for what's to come. And it is by no means hyperbole for me to say that I love this album more than I love peanut butter and jelly (and I love me some PB&J). I discovered Radio 4 by accident when I was doing some QA for what used to be Sony Connect. At random, I picked the record "Gotham" to test our codes and was surprised at how catchy their music was. I suppose the whole point of their early records was to be infinitely dance-able and infectious. If anything this record represents an evolution of their sound.

I saw Radio 4 perform live when this record had just come out. They were doing a show at the Troubadour in LA which is a real dive as far as aesthetics go (it is probably best if you avoid the restrooms) but it turns out to be a great-smallish venue to catch a show. It definitely went well with R4. They gave a very focused and fun set and I was able to see just how many different elements they had added to their sound.

Definitely they've added a great deal of layers to the tracks on the record. I love the way that it grabs your attention from the get-go and also I think that they've done a great job with the pacing of the record as well. Each track seems to have many, many things going on - guitar licks, drums, cowbells [gotta have more!], keyboards, conga drums, and samplers are all on display here - yet they all go together perfectly well to give you tracks with a lot of forward momentum to them.

All in all, this album is one of my favorite fun albums. You can pretty much listen to it end-to-end whenever you need to put yourself in a good mood. A good track to initiate yourself into R4 with on this album is either "Grass Is Greener" or the more reggae-infused "Ascension Street". Either way, if you are fan of peppy, dirty, dance-able guitars, definitely give this album a peek.

(btw, before writing this I noticed that the original CD I have for this album - yes. I buy CD's. Still. - has so many scratches on it...maybe it's time to buy it again...)

4.200 out of 5

Track Ratings

1. Enemies Like This (04:21) 5
2. Packing Things Up on the Scene (04:15) 4
3. Too Much to Ask For (03:12) 4
4. Grass Is Greener (03:56) 5
5. Everything's in Question (04:21) 4
6. This Is Not a Test (04:58) 4
7. Ascension Street (03:32) 5
8. Always a Target (03:43) 4
9. All in Control (04:28) 4
10. As Far as the Eye Can See (04:57) 3