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Stealing of a Nation

  • 1. Party Crashers
    2. Transmission
    3. State of Alert
    4. Fra Type I & II
    5. Death of American Radio, The
    6. Nation
    7. No Reaction
    8. Absolute Affirmation
    9. Money, (Give Me All Your)
    10. Shake the Foundation
    11. Dismiss the Sound
    12. Coming up Empty
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 73390

  • Credits
    ProducerMax Heyes
    EngineerMax Heyes; Phil Palazzolo; Tim Wills

    Includes documentary video.
    Radio 4: Tommy Williams (vocals, guitar); Gerard Garone (vocals, keyboards); Anthony Roman (vocals, bass instrument); P.J. O'Connor (vocals, percussion); Greg Collins (drums).
    Brooklyn's Radio 4 was an early entrant in the post-punk revival that hit big in the early 2000s with the Rapture, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, et al. The group's first record was released in 1999, and by the time of its third full-length, 2004's STEALING OF A NATION, it had become a well-oiled dance-rock machine. Heavily indebted to the scratchy, angular punk-funk sound of A Certain Ratio and Gang of Four, the band followed a similar developmental path to the Rapture, in that its early recordings were aggressive, guitar-heavy affairs that subsequently gave way to a more polished, danceable, synth-embroidered approach. Accordingly, STEALING OF A NATION is probably Radio 4's most fully realized offering to date, owing as much to vintage New Order as it does to the Fall or Wire and expanding on the knack for catchy choruses and anthemic slogans that peeked out of its earlier albums. For all this stylistic advancement, the band still retains a rock edge, however, best exemplified by "Absolute Affirmation," which wouldn't have sounded out of place on the first Strokes album.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (p.4) - "12 club-worthy neo-wave rockers layered in the band's signature Gang Of Four-via-keyboards ambiance..."
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