Big Star
Radio City


4.0
excellent

Review

by erdi USER (4 Reviews)
October 29th, 2012 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More aggresive than #1 Record but equally enjoyable.

In their debut #1 Record, Big Star sings songs about India, their baby when she is beside them, going to rock n roll shows and #1 Record was a naive and melancholic record with acoustic guitars. In their second album Radio City they sing aggresive songs with dark lyrics due to their situation while recording it. The departure of Chris Bell from the band was obviously effective on the nature of Radio City.

Musically, Radio City contains powerful songs such as O My Soul which can be boring sometimes due to its length, September Gurls which is a fine example of a classic song by an influential band and Life is White which has a great harmonica solo. Radio City also contains some naive and melancholic songs which could easily be on #1 Record such as What's Going Ahn and Way Out West. On the other hand songs such as Mod Lang and Back of a Car explain us why Big Star is generally consideres as a proto-punk band in addition to being the pioneers of power pop.

Nearly every song on the album is a great one from catchy You Get What You Deserve to minimalistic Morpha Too but lyrically Radio City is not as great as #1 Record with its simple lyrics about being lonely and resigning everyone.

Finally, you should listen to Radio City if you love Big Star and thank them for creating an album which is different from their debut so their music may apply to your different moods.


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erdi
October 29th 2012


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@sonictheplumber



Agree but I like Chris Bell and #1 Record more.

newjunkaesthetic93
October 29th 2012


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty short review, but this is a great album.

ilovebabies
October 29th 2012


76 Comments


def not a 4.5 but cool album

newjunkaesthetic93
October 29th 2012


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^^ You wanna fight about it?

ilovebabies
November 4th 2012


76 Comments


yes

NorthernSkylark
May 2nd 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

who won? / bump

Digging: This Mortal Coil - Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust

NorthernSkylark
September 27th 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuckin coolest riff to open an album with

Ryus
September 27th 2014


17775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not as good as #1 record imho but still rules

NorthernSkylark
September 27th 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

of course, but this is still a beast of an album





Ryus
September 27th 2014


17775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

absolutely dude. big star rules

NorthernSkylark
September 27th 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they know how to make a great album, bookends man!



i'm in love with a girl is almost too short tho :'[

NorthernSkylark
November 24th 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bump

NorthernSkylark
November 25th 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

power rock!



every song on here is the best

NorthernSkylark
December 5th 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

O My Soul = best opener

PappyMason
December 17th 2014


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a fantastic opener, agreed.

NorthernSkylark
December 25th 2014


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and why don't you come on back from

way out west



PappyMason
December 26th 2014


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And love me we can work out the rest...

PappyMason
December 26th 2014


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tunes for days...

Mendross
April 17th 2015


650 Comments


Discovering this band due to the influence on The Replacements. Would've thought there would have been more discussion.

NorthernSkylark
April 17th 2015


9516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah it's a riddle obv



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