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Who doesn't love McFly? They know who they are and they stick to what they do best - rocking pop with catchy choruses and perfect-for-air-guitar riffs. Radio: ACTIVE is no different - despite being the first album the boys have released independently. Yes, Harry, Tom, Dougie and Danny have released their fourth studio album on their own Super Records, after having given away an abridged version with The Mail On Sunday back in July. A grown-up move from a newly mature band whose music and lyrics have definitely stepped up a gear, but who manage to retain their dependable pop rock sound that is still just as infectious and smile-inducing as it ever was.
Single, Lies, was a good choice for a first release - it's definitely McFly but there's a touch of Justin Timberlake in there which adds something slightly edgier and grimier and hints at what's to come on the rest of the record that singer/guitarist Tom refers to as their ''definitive album''. You certainly get the sense that they are exploring different paths and influences - the tracks jump from emo ballad, POV, to One For The Radio, which sounds like it could have come straight from High School Musical, to the Blink 182-esque, Going Through The Motions (lyrical highlight: ''because loving you feels like a kick in the balls'' - genius). There are even hints of The Darkness during the falsetto moments of Do Ya, which also manages to sound like it's come straight out of the 60s. You get the feeling that the quiffed quartet had a great time making this record - finally free from the shackles of a record label and able to write the songs that they have always wan! ted to.
Even the titles suggest a triumphant breakout from the murky jail that is the commercial music industry - surely there's some subtext behind Only The Strong Survive, Down Goes Another One and The End. These boys have broken free and produced a record that is true to themselves and what they've always been about, but with a meatier, punchier sound. Oh, and they rock the socks off The Jonas Brothers - ha! --Lizzie Ennever
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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Outer case was a bit battered but the CD still plays well. Also, the price was amazing and to my surprise the CD was a special addition with three extra tracks and it came with a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Emily