Album review: THE RADIO SUN – Outside Looking In

MelodicRock Records [Release date 30.09.16]

The Radio Sun return with album number three and again Paul Laine (ex-Danger Danger) handles production duties and sings co-lead vocal on ‘Wink & Smile’ (one of the album’s stand out songs). There is a guest appearance with John Farnham/Nelson guitarist Brett Garsed appearing on ‘Falling For You’.

The band have lost none of their knack for penning instant melodic rock delights on the listener’s ears and they have amazing vocal harmonies. Songs like the lead single ‘Switch Off The World Tonight’ and the title track are chock full of vocal harmonies, big choruses and classy guitar riffs. Bands like Firehouse, Trixter and Winger in their 80′s pomp come to mind.

One thing that I was slightly concerned about with the band is that they have a lot of similar paced songs and a little variety would be good. They must have read by mind as the slower ‘Baby Blue’ hits the spot nicely and sees the band’s usual fast paced song style slowed down. ‘Falling For You’ goes to the other end of the rock scale, possibly the heaviest song they have recorded (fear not they are not turning into Slayer!), doubtless helped by having Brett Garsted guesting.

‘Someone Tell Me Why All My Heroes Are Dying’ is a poignant tribute to the many musical heroes we have lost recently- one of the album highlights.

The sound is spot on as Paul Laine gets that polished sound melodic rock songs like these need, but never too clinical and the band achieve melodic rock bliss without the need for keyboards.

The Radio Sun make music to put a smile on your face and upbeat melodies into your mind, long may they continue doing what they do. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie






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