Radiant City

Trouble If It's Fair

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AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney

Swiftly beginning with the smashing pop tune "Everybody's Weird," the foursome who call themselves Radiant City blend soul-melting keyboard work and distortion-thickened guitars with gripping melodic elements to put forth a mesmerizing yet shining example of late-'90s alternative pop. "Little Submarine" is an endearing portrait of the band's reflection of its daydream underwater adventures in a submarine, full of enchanting psychedelia. "Boy Wonder" is a swiftly performed pop tune complete with soul-gripping grooves and tantalizing vocal harmonies sweet to the listening ear. A hauntingly beautiful ballad entitled "Your Sun" finally brings the listener deep into the core of a record fully enriched with elements of pure pop.

"Sometimes you just can't choose your mistakes," is the message brought forth in the storytelling tune entitled "Eight-Ball Toy." The dazzling beginning to "Mr. Mysterio" is lush and charming, filled with angelic guitar riffs and phrases of wah-wah territory laced between lyrical lines. "Are you too disturbed by dreams by what you could have been?" is the question proposed to the character of Mr. Brisbane by the band in "Mr. Brisbane." "Miss Communication" is a blessing of radiant pop, filled with endearing chordal changes and heartwarming vocal harmonic action. "Push Me" seems to explore the darker arenas of pop and the eerie textures of Indian flavors. "Watch the storm clouds ahead/You'll see me raining down/Don't ever push me out," reflect lead vocalists and guitarists Robi Lyle and Paul Melangon, meaning "don't push me out of your life." Jeff Hall adds color and texture to the group with scintillating basslines, and Mickey Hendrix's challenging and lush percussion fills fail not to let the rest of the group breath. "Where is the brand new world you swore?" pleads the group, looking to solve many of the complexities of life, in hopes of living simply in a fuller, more magnificent world.

If the average listener hoping to discover the real textures of elevating pop music doesn't feel stimulated by this record, at least one melody will probably spark the soul. Track number twelve, a story written as "Pete Best," is filled with richly laid lyrics of the highest melodic character and hypnotic guitar riffs. The middle eight is eloquently portrayed in a falsetto, only to daringly dash into fifth gear with the bridge. "Pete doesn't need any restitution/Just some assurance instead/And Peter doesn't want a revolution/That's the last thing he needs on his god-damn head," is a fine lyrical message, perhaps the most crafty and poetic within this set. This record is an outstanding example of pop and the local music scene of Atlanta, GA. Radiant City is based in Doraville, GA, and recorded this release at Rob Gall's Snack n' Shack in Atlanta. Produced by Rob Gall, this is a fine record expressing the musical merits of an up and coming band with a promising future.

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