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5.0 out of 5 stars The Radio Dept - Offer up the most pristine singles you will have never heard
Are you thoroughly fed up of hearing big name bands taking their influences from the 1980s and making a complete hash of it? The antidote is here with the mesmeric shoegaze and ambient electronica anthems of the very special Swedish troubadours "The Radio Dept". Having only recorded three albums over nearly ten years one might think a retrospective a tad arrogant. But...
Published on 22 Mar. 2011 by Red on Black

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At the very beginning of the compilation, the band sounds like a cross between Sarah Records and the early JAMC. At the very end, it sounds like plain 'dream pop'. One of the singles sounds pretty much like legendary 1980s Aussie band The Go-Betweens. Hang on, I just checked it up: it actually is a cover of a Go-Betweens' song ('Bachelor Kisses'). Good taste.
Published on 28 Mar. 2011 by Stan FREDO


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Radio Dept - Offer up the most pristine singles you will have never heard, 22 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 (Audio CD)
Are you thoroughly fed up of hearing big name bands taking their influences from the 1980s and making a complete hash of it? The antidote is here with the mesmeric shoegaze and ambient electronica anthems of the very special Swedish troubadours "The Radio Dept". Having only recorded three albums over nearly ten years one might think a retrospective a tad arrogant. But every album they have released is a mini "greatest hits" and while they owe a big debt to the Cocteau Twins and Kevin Shields led "My Bloody Valentine" their USP has always been to keep one foot firmly on the dance-floor and an eye on the chart despite never threatening to go anywhere near the top 30.

Passive Aggressive, presents a near as dammit complete look at the band's entire singles history since 2002. Organized chronologically, with A-sides comprising one disc and B-sides making up the second, each disc with a nicely symmetrical 14 tracks on each. Contained within the band members Johan Duncanson, Martin Larsson and Daniel Tjäder, offer you the most pristine and crisp singles you will have never heard. Start with the fantastic fuzzy distortion of "Why wont you talk about it" from the debut LP "Lesser Matters". Aslo from the same album is "Where the damage isn't already done" which on the Gavin and Stacey "Luusshh" scale would rang as a ten, Bernard Albrecht must regret that it didn't make it to a New Order album. If you are not smitten on the first listen of the "Worst taste in music" from the second LP "Pet Grief' check your pulse or make an urgent appointment with the GP. Sadly the gorgeous "I want you to feel the same" from the same LP is not included but this is a minor gripe amongst this embarrassment of riches. The band also have never shied away from social or political commentary and their melodic attack in "Freddie and the Trojan Horse" on Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who is currently at the heart of the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, sees him described in less than flattering terms with the band bitterly concluding that "The Trojan Horse you came in left a stench/A carcass in the trench". This brings us finally to last years fragile pop wonder "Clinging to a scheme" which only two other intrepid reviewers and yours truly managed to construct some kind words on within the Amazon review pages. On repeated listens it turns out to be my favorite Radio Dept album and contains enough infectious pop gold to stake a claim on the cover. Listen to the shimmering beauty of "David" a song that takes on the best of the Pet Shop Boys and leaves them stranded in the gates. Similarly if Julian Casablancas and his chums in the Strokes really want to properly "do" synth pop then "Heaven's on fire" is there as the best template available.

The quality inevitably dips somewhat on CD2 as the B sides and outakes kick on although "Liebling's" propulsive drums and forceful demeanor is to be admired and quite why "Mad about the boy" was cast aside is a mystery. You buy this album however for the non "hits" and by itself the stellar Can inspired "The New improved hypocrisy" is worse the price of admission on its own. Thus what more could you ask for? The best of Radio Dept over two discs, at a reasonable price, containing some of the most poptastic music of the past ten years, by a bunch of Swedes with great names. Come on please don't make me beg.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy at its finest., 30 April 2014
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The Radio Dept. are one of the most elusive bands out there. The Swedish dream pop duo gave always played the game by their own rules. This compilation of all their A-sides and B-sides is a worthy effort in showing the band's trajectory since its inception. Highlights are "This Past Week", "Slottet", "Freddie and the Trojan Horse". Definitely required listening for fans and the uninitiated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passive Aggressive - a reissue worth purchasing, 13 May 2011
After last year's flawless album Clinging to a Scheme the swedish shoegaze/electro-drem pop group The Radio Dept. return with a selection of their singles released from 2002-2010, offering an overview of their complex and rich musical library. It's a perfect buy for a newcomer as well as any hardcore Radio Dept. fan who might have missed the otherwise very rare singles.

The first disc contains all the main singles the band released up to this point, all in chronological order. The slight shift from more rock and noise driven songs from 2003's Lesser Matters to a more melodic almost orchestra-like sound of the single David is obvious and it gives us an opportunity to see how the band's sound evolved and matured over time, leaving us with question what the geniuses from The Radio Dept. have in store for us next.

The first disc is very approachable and comprehensible, with hit songs like 'The Worst Taste in Music' where the singer Johan Duncanson contemplates about a broken relationship and finds the comfort in knowing that the man his girlfriend left him for has a bad taste in music. Or the dreamy and breezy easy-listening pop song, with incredibly catchy bass line, 'Pulling our Weight' known to many thanks to being featured in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Those songs create an interesting dialogue and seem to match together perfectly.

The second disc however features various B-sides and other rarities, mostly directed to the dedicated fan base. The songs are very well-written and polished, but still may require more time until you realize how good they actually are. The band gives us some surprising and unexpected changes in style, some of the songs could easily be danced to, others are purely electronic, and the amazing closing song 'The One' could be mistaken for a hip-hop song from the first few seconds. Also featured on this disc is an excellent cover of the classic Sade song 'All About Our Love'. In this song Duncanson's voice has a very distinct quality to it and sounds unlike in any other Radio Dept. song, all of this mixed with classic 80's synths and keyboards gives us a perfect song that could be played on any alternative party.

The vinyl version of this release comes in a nice package with a 12-page full color booklet that contains the foreword by Johan Angergård, the founder of the Labrador label, cover art of all the released singles and various photos of the band members.

With that being said, I highly recommend this release to any Radio Dept. fan or anyone who enjoys smart, clever and high-quality music, that could be listened to at any occasion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive Derivative, 28 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 (Audio CD)
At the very beginning of the compilation, the band sounds like a cross between Sarah Records and the early JAMC. At the very end, it sounds like plain 'dream pop'. One of the singles sounds pretty much like legendary 1980s Aussie band The Go-Betweens. Hang on, I just checked it up: it actually is a cover of a Go-Betweens' song ('Bachelor Kisses'). Good taste.
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