Setting the clock back to the early days of post-punk, Vancouver's Radio Berlin revels in ominous gothic rock on their debut. Naturally, the Cure and Joy Division emerge as obvious starting places, though the band has a contemporary resonance in their almost emo-ish intensity, with frantic machine-gun drumming and high-energy vocals delivering sentiments of world-weary disillusionment. Most songs build upon a contemplative din of clean guitars, synths, prominent basslines, and changing tempos, eventually picking up speed before breaking away to a climax of simmering agitation. Although not cloyingly accessible, Radio Berlin ultimately is shown to be very sure of themselves, establishing solid footing on their first release while holding to their vision of melodic post-punk.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Fink