24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2008
to jiinyus and adam reed... you obvious wouldn't know a good album if it slapped you across the chops. i'm 47, yes 47, but if i was 20 again, i would be proud to release an album as good as this. their entire back catalogue is a testament to their skills as songwriters and musicians and this offering is no exception. in 5, or even 10 years time, when all the hype and "boy band" labelling rubbish is just history, this will STILL be a good album. if you like good modern rock music, get it. if you're happy with leona lewis warbling out of your speakers at you like some whitney houston/mariah carey lovechild/clone, then you know what to do.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2008
The first and most important thing I have to say about McFly, is 'don't judge a book by its cover'. It's a saying many fans use in relation to this band, and it applies more truly to them, I would say, than any other band I can think of on the British music scene today.
McFly started out with a first album, that was passable, at best. I was all of thirteen or fourteen when it was released, and it struck me as nothing more than a bit childish, musicians who were still learning how to write good songs who ended up pandering to popular taste to gain success on the back of the pre-teen Busted-mania wave.
Since that questionable first album, however, they have gone from strength to strength, always striving to make the next album better, to be more true to themselves. Their second album, Wonderland, would have proved to anyone who bothered to compare it to the previous album that these boys were growing up, and growing in talent. However, by that point many had already confined them to the `boy band' pigeon hole (more because of their hoards of screaming female fans than because of their music, if we're honest with ourselves), and they weren't given the chance they deserved, and hence the next album, while still far superior musically to their initial attempt, regressed somewhat in the seriousness of its subject matter.
After that, I thought that would be it for my interest in McFly; I thought i'd `grow out' of them. And then came this album, and it completely blew me away. This album is proof of so many things: that these boys have grown up, have developed phenomenally as musicians, and that when they are recording independently of big-wig money-grabbing record executives, they really can make meaningful, impressive, enjoyable music. Even if you've never listened to McFly before, even if you've listened to them and not enjoyed it, give this album a try and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Here is a album, at last, which allows these boys to prove themselves, as they have been striving to do for years, as credible musicians. I've still only given it four stars, instead of five, however, for a few reasons: One, because 'One for the Radio' is a song I was completely not impressed by. Despite the truth in the message of it, I find it out of place with the rest of the album. It's that little bit too 'poppy' and mainstream sounding to fit with some of the better content of the album, like 'POV', 'Corrupted' and 'The Last Song'. Two, I find the DVD accompaniment a tad unnecessary. That's the kind of content I'd like to be able to find on their website, on the off-chance I might want to watch it, not something I want to pay for.
And finally, I'm still not going to call this album perfect. I love it, I do. Mostly I love the fact that this album displays the musical ability these boys have that makes them justified in singing the lyrics `Bury me with my guitar and all the way to hell I'll play' - it proves them as musicians without a doubt, BUT I still want to think they can do better. I still think they are a band that can and will continue to develop their music, constantly searching for perfection. While this is great, they can still do better. I'm expecting great things.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2008
This is definetly the best McFLY album so far. They made a really good decision by "leaving" Universal and launching Super Record. Big step but a great one.
MUST HEAR:Lies, Point Of View (POV), Down Goes Another One, Corrupted and Do Ya.
When you tought that it couldn't get any better... there's the 2-hour dvd and the book with the manuscripted lyrics of all the songs!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2009
A year ago, I would have been the first person to slate McFly as artists. I couldn't, and still can't, handle boy bands. Then I heard them play acoustically and had to grudgingly admit that they could play their instruments well. Then I went to see them live for a friends birthday, and they were amazing performers. The rest is history.
This album is them striking out on their own after creating their own label. It is brilliant, it is fun, creative and unique. I like every song on it. It is more raw and natural than their previous albums, which is why it's my favourite. I think that this band is better without many 'bells and whistles', they are very talented and don't need them. I think it would be even better if they wrote a purely acoustic album.
The DVD is an amazing bonus. The 'making of' is entertaining and interesting, seeing the band rehearse was great for me, because as I said I like it authentic. And it is always amausing to see people just have fun. : )I have watched the DVD over a dozen times now, and I never get bored. It is basically a bunch of young 20 somethings messing around, and if that is something that can make you laugh then go for it. Highlights include: hypnotism, skydiving, teasing each other and surfing.
I used to believe that McFly were just a stupid boy band that didn't write their own music or play their own instruments. I was so VERY wrong. This CD/DVD proves it. And it is one of my favourite purchases in recent times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2008
Ive always been a Mcfly fan since i heard of them, ive loved all their stuff. But when i listened to RADIO:active for the first time it was like becoming a fan all over again!! This album was a huge step up from an already really talented band, their isnt a song on here that i would press skip for!!
I cant satnd people who sit there dissing them and i dont give a damn if you want to send me replys saying my music taste sucks, i know better, it doesnt. Im proud to sit here and say im a huge mcfly fan and i will be for a long time to come!!!
EVEN IF YOUR NOT A FAN, BUY RADIO:ACTIVE AND YOU WILL BE!!!!!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2008
...Well from what I've heard of it, I'm not a mcfly fan, never have been, but I heard that free copy with the mail on sunday, and I'm definatly seeing them in a different way, I will most certainly be buying this album, and I suggest others do to, you should never judge a book by it's cover.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2008
one thing i never understood about mcfly is how they have such a massive fan base yet noone likes to admit they are a fan. me personally, i've been a fan regardless of who cared to ask, since their first studio album in the busted cross-over years. i remember reading reviews early in their career mentioning comparisons to beatles and beach boys, as wild a claim as that seems. whatever level you grade them, i guess that sums up radio:ACTIVE really, infectious pop tunes with a social conscience. i've always been a sucker for simple songs with great melodies applied with effective musical skills. lets be honest theres a big niche in the market for that sort of rock music these days. another crowd pleaser, 5 stars from me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2012
Many many years ago when Wham started The press would slaughter them, no one took into account that George Michael was writing playing singing and producing the material. Although musically very different I see a lot of comparisons with McFly, caught in that boyband trap as they had more young female fans than male fans, and fans that may move on to the next new thing. However If you actually give this group a listen past the excellent "All about you" written by a 19 year old Fletcher you may be surprised. Fletcher is a very talented writer, playing guitar backed up with Jones also on guitar who contributes a lot to the writing and has an amazing vocal range, Poynter,on bass who also contributes to the writing on a few songs as well a providing great harmonies, Judd on drum's keeping everything together, is a very good drummer, he also contributes on occasions to the writing and of cause is the fittest member having won strictly come dancing. Radio Active the first album away from Island records and giving the group full control, you appear to get what the band really are a bunch of Rockers. Listen to POV (points of view) the lyrics are mature and exciting telling the story of a break up and is just brilliant and one of the best things this group have ever done.Falling in love for me holds a personal love, but it is Mcfly meets Springsteen and is another brilliant song which deserved to be a massive hit.Lies is an excellent rocker, DoYa another sing-along, corrupted just works This album is a massive change in direction with a group trying to shake off the Boyband tag and be excepted as a just a hard working band, McFly are older than what the Jam were when they recorded Going underground and That's entertainment, but the Jam were lucky enough not to be tarnished with that "boy" tag and had an equal number of boy and girl fans.This album confused many critics who appeared not to except that McFly needed to change to survive, they have and for me at the time produced the best album of there carrier so far, of cause then came above the noise and that changed me from fan to massive fan. So if you want the rock of Springsteen and the harmonies of Crowded house meet McFly.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2008
Just as I said in the title, this isn't an album for everybody. But then like my Dad said to me after he took me to a McFly concert earlier this year "They're good, I'll give them that, but all their song s are aimed at people like you" I'm 18 soon, so 13/14 when McFly first appeared on the scene I liked them then, I LOVE them now.
Each song on the album is different with McFly great such as Do Ya and Falling in Love. Can't wait for the proper released album on Monday purely so I can have the other three songs. And Lies on an album.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2008
2. One For The Radio
3. Everybody Knows
4. Do Ya
5. Falling In Love
9. The End
10. Going Through The Motions
11. Down Goes Another One
12. Only The Strong Survive
13. The Last Song
Download of 'Lies' - Johnny Phonetti Remix (exclusively from Townsend Records)
Download of 'Lies' - Johnny Phonetti Dub Mix (exclusively from Townsend Records)
Part 1 - Down Under with McFly - The making of Radio:Active.
Part 2 - Behind the scenes with McFly - promotion Radio:Active Summer 2008
The Best album from mcfly so far the best tracks are lies, one for the radio and do ya. If you buy this album you wount be disapointed.