01. Enemies Like This
On its fourth full-length album, Radio 4 (named after a
Public Image Limited song) return with an excellent mix of politically charged
post-punk dance-rock inspired by Gang of Four, The Clash and a healthy dose
of '80s new wave. The group comes by that distinct sound without ripping off
its forebears or contemporaries, so the result sounds at once classic and modern.
Singer Anthony Roman has said that he wanted to prove that "a political
song could be a love song in disguise, or vice versa," and his band achieves
that effect nicely on "Enemies Like This." A sleek, drum- and bass-heavy
single, the song benefits immeasurably from new guitarist Dave Milone's biting
contributions and the tight production of Jagz Kooner. It's a raw, emotionally
charged track, with smart lyrics laid over funk riffs and deep, pulsating dub
grooves -- as thoughtful as it is danceable.
Even though it took them four albums to do the same, Radio 4 have finally captured
that precise balance on Enemies Like This. Using disarming, straightforward
rock with some unique touches, the New York four-piece crafts an impressive
political statement while abstaining from didactic prose. Sharp, intelligent,
and (most importantly) highly enjoyable, Enemies Like This is probably the
height of the group’s creative abilities.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Interpol, Moving Units, The Ruts, Elefant, The Chameleons