Recent lyricism has come in a roundabout way to focus on poppin’ bottles and throwing glitter—not that those aren’t fun, catchy and money making tactics, but sometimes a dose of substance and interpretation offered by heartfelt, personally written lyrics is needed.
Instead of a Dr. Luke brainchild destined for a top spot on the iTunes 100 and immediate radio syndication, Go Radio has managed to counter the grammatically challenged synth-pop hits with their debut full length Lucky Street.
Simply put, Go Radio’s lyrics are masterpieces ranging from lovesick confessions to heartbreaking remembrances. Do Overs and Second Chances closed with ‘Goodnight Moon’—a song almost any girl would love to think is written about her. The fan favorite was a fantastic taste of what was to come on Lucky Street.
The album opens with its title eponymous track, an attention grabbing tale of red balloons backed by impeccably catchy, rhythmic guitar riffs and drumbeats. Frontman Jason Lancaster’s vocals are raw, but in the best way possible. No sugar coating or autotuning required—ensuring a stellar live performance.
‘Lucky Street’ perfectly sets the tone for the record, priming the listener for a collection of songs brimming with catchy choruses and impeccable depth. While some artists write songs with the intentions of implanting a song lyric (DiCaprio Inception -esque), Go Radio writes with the intention of emotion and storytelling, effortlessly ending up with a repetitive verse.
Possibly one of the most alluding songs on the record, ‘Singing With The King’ subtly references music greats and even friends dear and near to the band. Almost every additional listen to the song sparks an ‘aha’ moment when a reference is picked up.
Taking a slight break from the more upbeat, rock tracks is ‘Why I’m Home.’ Lancaster’s lyrics are undeniably raw and heartfelt, displaying the versatility of the frontman’s vocals. From a rocker’s angsty, biting tone to a raspy almost-falsetto, his ability truly shines.
Like ‘Why I’m Home,’ ‘Forever My Father’ (which makes two appearances on the record) is another heartfelt piece, open to interpretation and application, but written in memoriam of Lancaster’s father. The song displays exemplary emotion and substance, especially on the version featuring two of the other Lancaster siblings.
Lucky Street provides a variety of tracks—from the more rock heavy ‘Strength to Stay’ and ‘Fight Fight (Reach For The Sky)’ to the more acoustic ‘Hold On’ and melodic ‘House Of Hallways.’ Overall, the album is a solid representation of what Go Radio is—a versatile, honest and talented group of individuals.
Rating: Undeniably kick ass.
[‘The truth is’…Go Radio writes some of the most incredible music.]