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Stealing of a Nation
Radio 4
Stealing of a Nation
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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The sound of insurgency comes to life as Brooklyn's Radio 4 return with their unmatched blend of post-punk thunder, bass-&-percussion driven grooves and politically charged lyrics.


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All Artists: Radio 4
Title: Stealing of a Nation
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 5
Label: Astralwerks
Release Date: 9/20/2004
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, New Wave & Post-Punk, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724347339004


Album Description
The sound of insurgency comes to life as Brooklyn's Radio 4 return with their unmatched blend of post-punk thunder, bass-&-percussion driven grooves and politically charged lyrics.

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Think for yourself
REX | Chicago | 09/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The problem with having your name bandied about exclusively by hipsters and indie geeks is that eventually they turn on you. Radio 4 were loosely affiliated with the DFA production team for about 5 minutes and because of this, hordes of Rapture fans and casual alternative types who liked "Dance to the Underground" (on the car commercial) flocked to Gotham! like it was the second coming of the Strokes. Critics weren't much better -- they dismissed the band for retreading Gang of Four and the Clash as if it wasn't bands like this, who carry such a torch, that exposed them to Gang of Four in the first place. Now Radio 4 have moved on beyond the indie labels and the hipsterdom and the Go4 retreads, and they're still being lambasted. The sad thing is that this record is actually quite strong; there isn't a lot of variation from song to song, but the choruses groove themselves into your head and the busy, slick dance production exalts Anthony Roman's bass to give the whole thing a mighty wallop. "Party Crashers" makes a great intro single, despite what Pitchfork may want you to think, mainly because it is recognizably *Radio 4* and probably the first song of theirs to override the derivation; it sounds wholly like themselves. "Absolute Affirmation" and "Transmission" both house tremendous central guitar-based hooks, while "FRA Type I & II" pumps up the bassline to unveil a healthy dub influence and "Shake the Foundation" throbs along at a post-modern funk/disco tempo. Lyrically, the band are still about political sloganeering and anthemic calls to action, but are thankfully never heavy enough to distract from the rhythms. In fact, the gloss, the beat, the good times -- all of these things seem to anticipate a resurgence of late 80s values (the INXS comparisons are really quite appropriate) that will come back into vogue as soon as the kids today get just a little bit older, and if they play their cards right, Radio 4 may just ride the crest of that wave all the way to the top."
Vague Politics; Good Groove
WrtnWrd | Northridge, CA USA | 10/19/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"More consistent than Gotham!, Radio 4's major-label debut Stealing of a Nation is too much a good thing or, in the case of this dance-inducing CD, too much of the same thing. Their Gang-of-4-at-the-afterhours-disco riffs are fun and, on a song-by-song basis, motivating, but the beat doesn't let up on this 12 song CD until the last track, "Coming Up Empty", which becomes the most interesting piece here by dint of its novelty (a faux-Eastern melody line and a tempo that isn't defined by BMP's). And their politics are vague, other than that they seem against it, whatever "it" is. Still, Stealing is a beautifully engineered CD with thick beats and pounding guitars. At this point, content would be nice, but isn't necessary."
"Good" in places, but very uneven/generic dance rock (the s
C. Cross | 06/25/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"At first I loved this CD, but then I realized that it didn't contain much depth and that the songs all sounded very similar. There are definitely highlights, but the ones that aren't are noticably worse. "Party Crashers", "State Of Alert", and "Absolute Affirmation", for example, are pretty good mindless songs, but really you wouldn't mind not having them either. It's one of those situations where if you have the songs, cool, but if you don't you wouldn't care much. Not an entirely unsatisfying purchase, but I couldn't really recommend this album when there are so many better ones out there to get first.

Highlights include:
"Party Crashers"
"State Of Alert"
"The Death Of American Radio"
"Absolute Affirmation""