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Transistor Radio
A Legacy Between



Album length: 12 tracks: 44 minutes, 32 seconds
Street Date: August 28, 2007


Usually bands with a sound like Transistor Radio aim towards making an impact in the mainstream market, but not these guys. A Legacy Between, the first release from Up At Nite Records (otherwise known as the new rock imprint of Syntax Records) and Transistor Radio, will not disappoint pop rock fans who don't mind a hint of punk thrown into the mix. What's even more remarkable than the music, is the way the line-up came to be. Guy, Jamesdon, Sam, Andrew and Jordan actually came together through prayer... and MySpace! If that's not God willing, what is?

The debut opens with "4th and Broadway," an upbeat proclamation that the band is in it for the long run because their "mission is just getting started." "To Ask Is To Receive (Say Something)" is a song that everyone can relate to, Christian or non. It's about knowing that God will help you, but He can't unless you ask for it. "California in December" is one of the more downbeat numbers on the disc, however, with lyrics like, "It's 65 degrees outside and snowing in my heart," it would be crazy to say that this song is a letdown. Towards the latter part of the disc we have "Addiction," a ballad about the chaos of being dependent on a substance. This song will surely pull at the heartstrings. Those of us who haven't been addicted to a particular substance more than likely know or have friends that have had trouble with dependency.

Christian bands used to keep lyrics dealing with deep, serious issues to themselves because of the way CCM marketed their music and audiences seemed to prefer more cookie-cutter messages. Times have truly changed from the era of DC Talk and "Luv is a Verb." Christian bands these days are unafraid to water down lyrics or speak out about everyday issues that everyone deals with because Jesus doesn't just help those who have 'perfect' lives, He helps anyone who is willing to seek him. That's what makes this record so appealing.

It would be a task to decipher a specific genre that this album fits into, seeing as each member has his taste of music and brings their own influence to the band's sound, but that just makes the album robust and unforgettable in sound that truly is A Legacy Between.

- Review date: 9/22/07, written by Jessica Gregorius


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. Record Label: Up At Nite Records
. Album length: 12 tracks: 44 minutes, 32 seconds
. Street Date: August 28, 2007
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. 4th And Broadway
  2. To Ask Is To Receive (Say Something... Anything)
  3. Ra-Random
  4. A Rolling Canvas
  5. California In December
  6. The Getaway
  7. One Plus One Is Too Many
  8. The Dead Shall Hear
  9. Countless Indiscretions
  10. Sam's Song
  11. Addiction
  12. Talk To Me Goose
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