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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Federal
  • ASIN: B001EC6JUS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Absolutely awesome. Waited a long time for this to get released and it certainly did not disappoint. Another brilliant addition to the RA collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Carroll on 27 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The guy who fronts this band and writes all the material has an unbelieveable ear for a melody. Every song is different in its outlook - Spanish flamenco rubs shoulders with middle eastern motifs, and they swing from crunching d-tuned riffs to Journey-esque melodic rock. If you like a tune, a great singer, and music that has lots of light and shade, then get this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! Definitely worth a listen whether a fan or not! 25 Sept. 2008
By J. Thomson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Once again we are offered the chance to experience a new RA album. And like the previous albums, we again get a fresh sound from a truly original band. Hands down RA has to be one of the most talented and well put together bands out there who deserve more notoriety for their perseverance in a music industry that is completely flawed.

RA's third studio album, Black Sun, outperforms over the less talented cookie cutter bands who present their `musical talents' as a monotonous album with a lack of interest in challenging themselves to become better musicians. It is evident in every track of Black Sun that all members of RA take pride in what they produce and offer to their fans and new comers.

Black Sun starts off with a simple Spanish styled acoustic intro to their single "Broken Hearted Soul" which leads into some heavy riffs and lasting lyrics which will have you singing along in no time. The album moves rapidly through the next three songs: "Faulty Information", which lays down quick drum beats to put a twist on the one-that-got-away genre, followed "The First Step", providing a moody dark tune with a muddy guitar that defines the song, and "Push", a companion song to the darkness of the previous with flares of double bass throughout. Anyone who picked up the RAW album will be familiar with "Don't Turn Away", but for those who are new to this track will enjoy it for its likeness to RA of the past. The rest of the album has the signature touch of RA in each song with standouts like "Waste of Space", that has the epic quality of classic rock showing the bands full talent to those in the industry that have passed them by, and "Easier Than This", which starts out as the identifiable acoustic track for the album, but slowly builds to a perfect end for another solid RA album.

From a music enthusiast, constantly searching for enjoyable music, I cannot express myself enough how much I enjoy listening to the music of RA. The voice of the lead singer, Sahaj, will make you appreciate the art of singing when you hear the notes he holds. If a skeptic about his true voice, move over to RA's live album and take another listen. Having met the band a couple of times I can honestly say that these guys genuinely enjoy making music. I encourage everyone to listen to their music and see if it's a good fit. Everyone will not be a fan, but you can't make a decision without listening.

With a combination of intriguing lead-ins, hypnotic choruses, thundering drum beats, smooth bass lines and tantalizing guitar riffs, RA will undoubtedly leave an impression on not only your ear drums, but your musical psyche. Enjoy Black Sun and spread the word that RA is here to stay!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
creative 23 Sept. 2008
By Deuce - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Just ran out and bought it. It's Ra, so I know it would be good. This is like keeping the smooth vocals and guitar sound of the second album and mixing it with some hard licks from the first album. Every song that starts off like it's going to be a softy becomes rocking heavy at some point or another. Throw in some egyptian sounding instruments and this makes what Ra is. Very good album. If you liked either of the two previous albums, I don't see why you wouldn't like this. Five stars because it just sounds different from everything always heard on the radio. Liked every track one way or another.
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extremely underrated band 22 Nov. 2008
By raymond watkins - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this is truly one of my favorite bands out there these past few years! this band has'nt quite ever gotten its due and it's a real shame. the only song I've heard reach radio air play was their cover of the police's every little thing she does is magic. that figures since they didnt write that song. it would seem they had to finance their new cd just to keep their career's going. good vocals and I love the guitar sound on this record along with good flowing melodies!!! some of the tracks that stand out for me is "broken hearted soul","the first step","dont turn away","waste of space",and"genocide"!!! I can't stress enough about how people should be taking notice of this talented band!!give'm a chance..........
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No disappointment 25 Nov. 2008
By Nathan Magee - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit I originally heard the band through tiger woods pga tour 03 with, Do you call my name? And I was hooked then. Ever song they have is different with different meanings. Not like the boring same songs form different artist you hear on the radio. I'd definetely suggest getting it if you like any of their music.
Ra Deliver The Goods for a Third Time. 7 Jan. 2010
By Andy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Despite working hard with a winning formula of hard-hitting rock, slick melodies and clean vocals that stick out like a sore thumb, Ra have managed to go by relatively unnoticed throughout the years. Like other working class rock bands such as Sevendust, Taproot and Nonpoint, they have suffered line-up changes, record label problems and a lack of lasting support from the mainstream, all while watching their lesser gifted peers rise to virtual super-stardom by comparison. There's no accounting for taste, however, and like its predecessors, the band's third album, "Black Sun," has managed to slip under the radar.

What a shame, though, as it is host to some of the strongest and most soulful songs in the band's catalog to date. Fans who felt the band's previous effort, Duality, was a bit too over-produced will be happy to find the band returning to a more organic sound that helps to highlight their talents. In spite of the constantly shifting line-up, the band's style remains relatively untouched, if only slightly improved upon, as evidenced by the instant-classic opener, "Broken Hearted Soul," "Don't Turn Away" (which appeared as a bonus track on the 2006 live album, Raw) and the insanely catchy "Faulty Information," which on its own merits, could be a massive radio success. The only real flaw with this album is that it tends to sag in the middle with songs like "Genocide" and "Waste of Space" but thankfully, it finishes just as strong as it started with "Easier Than This" and "A Poet's Dream," which very well may be Ra's best song to date.

I don't know if this is an issue with only the physical version of the album, but for some unknown reason, it's edited. As there's only one version of the album in stores, it's obvious that this was done so the band could hopefully shift more units in a certain big-box store that will go unnamed. Perhaps someone else can shed some light on whether or not the digital version is explicit or not. There aren't many expletives, though, and it doesn't hurt the quality of the album all that much. For the most part, Ra have improved on their sound while delivering some cuts that show they still have some fight left in them yet. Fans of the band should rest assured that the band come out on top once again, and everyone who loves a good rock record is urged to give this band and this album the chance they so desperately deserve.
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