Radin Rocks the Tide?

By: Bronwyn Peter

My introduction to Joshua Radin’s music was in the highly acoustic songs that found their way into the background of sad scenes on Grey’s Anatomy and similar programmes.

These songs were also the types found on his two previous albums We Were Here and Simple Times and when I sat down to listen to his latest album, The Rock and The Tide (2010); I expected much of the same.

However, that was not the case, and I was surprised to hear the evolution of his music from the very first notes of the album. It expressed a change from his usual Acoustic genre to a Rock and Roll based sound.

The first song on the album Road to Ride On sets the scene for the rest of the album with an electric guitar introduction that immediately struck me as uncharacteristic. The vocals however reminded me that I was listening to Joshua Radin and his distinctive voice. The lyrics of the song that claim “it’s time to change” are an apt description of Radin’s new style.


Road to Ride on

Collaboration?

Many of the songs on the album lack Radin’s usual collaboration with female artists like Ingrid Michaelson, who have in the past added depth and harmony to his music. While they are missed on the slower ballad like tracks, the rock tracks are carried well by Radin alone.


Sky: One of Radins older works, featuring Ingrid Michaelson

The title track The Rock and the Tide however is an exception and has the depth of backing vocals on the chorus, which makes the song stand out.

The new styled songs are accompanied with mixed emotions as The One’s with the Light creates immediate sing-along impulses, but the album’s one true disappointment, You’re not as Young at times brings an unfitting hard edge to Radin?s usually soothing voice which is further hardened by the accompaniment.

Radin’s new sound is contrasted with the ballads on the album that include One Leap, You Got What I Need and Wanted. Theses songs will all remind fans that he is still capable of the music that earned him his reputation.

This album certainly marks a shift in the direction that Radin’s music is heading. Fans who have stuck by Radin from the start of his career in 2004 might find themselves disappointed at first, but initial impressions of the album are bound to change with more listening. It is to be noted that Radin’s strong and clear vocals still carry his music and provide for easy listening.

 

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