Radio Silence - Radio Silence

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edited November 2022 in Year-1997

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ARTIST: Radio Silence
ALBUM: Radio Silence
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 018
YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: image

LINEUP: Alistair Gordon - vocals, keyboards *Guitars - Mike Hehir, Robert Maksym, Marius Muller * Drums & Percussion - Paul Burgess, Dave Hassel * Keyboards & Programming - Steve Pigot, Darrin Tidsey, Jon Astley, Ritchie Close

TRACK LISTING: 01 Primitive Man * 02 Don't Hold On * 03 Convertible Car * 04 Let It Rain * 05 Radio Silence * 06 Big Wide World * 07 Tower Of Strength * 08 God Only Knows * 09 A Mighty High Horse * 10 Love In A Strangers Arms * 11 Can't Stand Still

Background

According to his bio, Alistair started life out as a backing singer for The Who, Eric Clapton, and 'Curly' (Kevin Kennedy of Coro St fame).

Actually Kevin's not a bad singer, he does country-ish type stuff, and was out here in NZ a few months ago (no.. I didn't go see him!).

Anyway, the man of the moment Mr Gordon has some credentials, also having worked with Gary Tibbs (ex The Believers), and Richard Darbyshire (Living In A Box). He even did a stint in the band Bank Statement, formed by Genesis ivory-tinkler Tony Banks.

Musically, Alistair's project Radio Silence is high-tech AOR /pop which probably has a better demographic as a product a decade earlier rather than 1997. I'm sure if it was 1985, this album would have been a hit.

Musically it's very similar to Mervyn Spence's work with his O'Ryan project, though probably not as classy.

The Songs

Opening up with 'Primitive Man' it has all the hallmarks of an O'Ryan track.

The atmospherics of 'Don't Hold On' are very nice and smooth - one for the keyboard balladeers among you.

Likewise the perfect late night listening of 'Let It Rain' brings out all the cliches of the AOR genre. This is a track some of those Swedish West Coast type outfits would have a field day with.

It's very nice, as is the title track 'Radio Silence' which is a smooth piece of melodrama.

A couple of midtempo rockers get the blood flowing slightly: 'Mighty High Horse', 'Last Frontier' and 'Can't Stand Still' contain enough moments of interest.

'The O'Ryan comparison strikes again on 'Convertible Car' - mind you, the sax parps are plain awful!

In Summary

A good album but by no means 'super essential'.

The ballads though, are very good, while the rockier ones are only OK. For those with an aversion to the poppier side of AOR then tune into Radio Silence.


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