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Public Radio - Sweetchild

xAJDELAWAREx   (17 reviews)

Posted: 05/19/2010 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Public Radio is a 4 piece "emotronic" band from Charlotte, North Carolina. They produce a Postal Service-esque brand of soothing vocals over electronic hooks and beats, but still incorporate traditional instrumentation into the mix as well. That being said, the comparison to The Postal Service ends there, as Public Radio isn’t nearly as catchy or addictive.

Sweet Child, the bands debut album, is a 5 song EP that seems to consist mostly of sad songs and love songs. One thing I will give this band credit for is the lyrical nods they make to some of the bands that have inspired them, most obviously to REM and U2 on the first track of the EP. While slightly cheesy, I always get a kick out of things like that. Referencing the lines “Everybody hurts sometimes” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, lead singer Mark Mathis moves back and forth between vocals that at times have a country music twang and a soothing, almost sung in a whisper style. Overall, there really isn’t a lot of cohesiveness to the album, as the 5 songs sound very different from each other stylistically.

When it comes down to it, I think this band is missing something. Not really sure what it is, but when I listen to it, it seems like there should be something there that isn’t. While its not bad, its not great either. The album is now available on Itunes for download, or you can get a limited edition CD through

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