Gotham! - Radio 4
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  • Summary: The second album from New York City dance-punk outfit Radio 4 utilizes the production work of DFA (U.N.K.L.E., David Holmes) to create a sound reminiscent of Primal Scream's 'XTRMNTR.'
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. What is really so special about Gotham! is its infectiousness.
  2. 'Gotham!' is an infinitely danceable and certainly insightful record that gets better with each listen, on every frequency.
  3. Radio 4 evoke the Clash, Wire, Les Savy Fav and neo-new wave, jamming epileptic rhythms with chunks of white noise to get a restlessly eclectic sound. [Jun 2002, p.82]
  4. My only complaint about this brilliant album is that the first half is so strong, the second half is weak in comparison.
  5. Struggle, New Disco, and Dance To The Underground are too-self conscious by half but they're still hoisted by a steamrolling dynamic and sharp hooks. [Nov 2002, p.110]
  6. It's not a bad album by most standards-- in fact it's pretty good at points-- but in the end slides into a mire of adequacy after generating high expectations early on.
  7. Only the dub-inflected excursion of "Pipe Bomb" and the Clash-style raver "Eyes Wide Open" manage to break from boredom and form long enough to feel somewhat genuine -- as long as you don't listen to any of the lyrics.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  1. Jun 27, 2012
    7
    Their best album definitely. There are really great songs, but unfortunatelly just the first half of the album is good. The band has potential, but Gotham! is just how far they can go... Expand