The Aquabats
Radio Down!


2.5
average

Review

by Young Abu Dhabi USER (121 Reviews)
November 10th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to twenty thousand-ish Aquacadets ejaculating.

The Aquabats appear to have lost their minds. Oh, wait, that’s old news. Ok, for the sake of argument, if they still had minds to lose, Radio Down! would be the judge’s gavel pounding resulting in the group being carted off in candy and rainbow coated straight jackets to the sanitarium. Continuing down their synth-pop yellow brick road of recent years, Radio Down! is everything you’d expect from the Aquabats: catchy and smile-inducingly charming.

The EP is half Blondie, half Billy Idol, the latter garnering a prominent nod in their upcoming full-length’s first single, the track this release shares it's name with. Featuring rapper, various-media-personality, and sometimes funny man Biz Markie, “Radio Down!” is the new-age new wave anthem for any teenager trying to forcibly remove an adult’s hand from the volume dial. It’s on “Best Day of My Life!” that the ‘bats start to test the limits of how much synth their listener wants in their ska. At times, this track’s sound seems just a little too forced, something even the feel-good-song-of-the-year lyrics can’t quite salvage.

Radio Down! just comes across as a tad too overproduced and artificial for it’s own good. Christian “MC Bat Commander” Jacobs’ snarky vocal delivery manages to retain the flair of the Aquabats of old, but where are the jingly-jangly guitars? The bumpin’ bass? Hell, I barely even remember the drums and I’m listening to this as I write. The cheesiness of it all (including the album art) is sure to appeal to the most die-hard of fans, but will probably act as a turn off for anyone expecting to hear the sounds of a bratty, old-fashioned ska act. This is hardly a bad indication of things to come on the band’s next full-length due out next year, but one would hope they find a better mix of old and new in their sound lest they become just another pop band using a synthesizer.



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Athom
Emeritus
November 10th 2010


17241 Comments


they lost me at charge... shame because fury and floating eye are the shit

WatchItExplode
November 10th 2010


4303 Comments


band is good in small doses...review is a small dose of goodness

Phideaux
November 10th 2010


1659 Comments


Good review. Saw these guys last night and it was awesome. They're tons of fun live. They played radio down, which I thought was pretty good. Gonna have to listen to the stream I guess.

astrel
November 10th 2010


2615 Comments


This EP made me *frown face*

MassiveAttack
November 10th 2010


2754 Comments


I did not sir, explain.

Athom
Emeritus
November 10th 2010


17241 Comments


if this site was a pei wei he'd never leave. but alas, he's pretty much gone. good for him

Athom
Emeritus
November 10th 2010


17241 Comments


i just cave every time. resistance is fucking futile.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2010


7479 Comments


Fun read. Pos.

Pizza
November 11th 2010


687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

great review. EP is terrible . I hope the album isnt like this or I will cry

sniper
November 11th 2010


19075 Comments


I used to love the fuck out of this band. Haven't listened to them in years though.

Pizza
November 11th 2010


687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

don't listen to this then it will just make you cringe

sniper
November 11th 2010


19075 Comments


:c I won't. I love everything up to and including Charge but I lost track of them after that, although I don't think they released anything noteworthy since then anyway.

Pizza
November 11th 2010


687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

same here. i think they've just had a couple songs since Charge, or at least one. if you haven't seen them live then you should still see them though, they put on a great show and it's always fun

Douglas
November 11th 2010


9246 Comments


this sucks

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 11th 2010


3869 Comments


Charge is their best >:

sniper
November 11th 2010


19075 Comments


Charge is their best no question.

Before that they just had awesome standouts, not great albums so much.

Curse.
November 11th 2010


8043 Comments


Fury... is their best, sorry guys

sniper
November 11th 2010


19075 Comments


Nah. It was the first thing I heard by them so I thought that for a long time but over time I came to realize Charge is the better album.

Curse.
November 11th 2010


8043 Comments


a majority of people disagree with you, such as myself.

Pizza
November 30th 2010


687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm with worship. charge is my 3rd fave after fury and floating eye



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