Enemies Like This

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It was inevitable that Radio 4 would implode. That they've made it back from the brink is the surprise that fuels Enemies Like This. The Brooklyn-based punk-funk sloganeers, who found themselves in the right place at the right time with a snarling post-9/11 record called Gotham! produced by DFA, hit an icy patch with their follow-up, Stealing of a Nation -- the resulting wreck culminated with the departure of guitarist Tommy Williams. But Anthony Roman and the fellas don't shrink in the face of adversity. The same pugnacious spirit that powered early anthems such as "Save Our City" and "Dance to the Underground" encouraged the band to rethink their approach, and the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
It was inevitable that Radio 4 would implode. That they've made it back from the brink is the surprise that fuels Enemies Like This. The Brooklyn-based punk-funk sloganeers, who found themselves in the right place at the right time with a snarling post-9/11 record called Gotham! produced by DFA, hit an icy patch with their follow-up, Stealing of a Nation -- the resulting wreck culminated with the departure of guitarist Tommy Williams. But Anthony Roman and the fellas don't shrink in the face of adversity. The same pugnacious spirit that powered early anthems such as "Save Our City" and "Dance to the Underground" encouraged the band to rethink their approach, and the release from formulaic constriction provides Enemies Like This with its deepest pleasures. Sure, they still owe a sonic debt to bands like Gang of Four and their brand of nervous, atonal funk. But the considerably more polished disc thanks to production by U.K. remixer Jagz Kooner indulges in more space than this claustrophobic crew had previously allowed -- witness the powerful dub tracks "Everything's in Question" and "Ascension Street" the latter boasts melodica! and the Echo & the Bunnymen-styled "The Grass Is Greener." Likewise, R4 have turned down the volume on the agitprop. You'd think "Enemies Like This" would be a tip of the hat to the Bush administration, but this time, the band are equally concerned with inner struggles. Fans will find comfort and dance floor inspiration in the Afro-Beat-powered "This Is Not a Test" and two songs that unabashedly deal with the mess left by Hurricane Katrina, not to mention the explicitly live feel of this short, sharp set. Radio 4 haven't changed the channel, but their new transmitter results in a much clearer, leaner sound.
All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Fast forwarding two years after the lukewarm Stealing of a Nation won the hearts of very few, one would think history wouldn't repeat itself with the same mistakes when discussing Radio 4. Perhaps an expansion of musical palettes or a change in direction would bring about the evolution of a band that seemed so promising with 2002's Gotham!. And while there are glimpses of this progression on Enemies Like This, they're all too few and far between to merit this album as anything but stagnant. If She Wants Revenge is the carbon copy sound of Joy Division tailor made for the shopping mall, jet-set, teen-angst crowd, then Radio 4 has certainly earned its rightful place of being the best Clash imitators this side of the 2000s. The most obvious offenses or homages, depending on which side of the fence you're sitting: "Too Much to Ask For" sounds like a hybrid of everything on London Calling and "As Far as the Eye Can See" is "The Magnificent Seven" if DFA were given the opportunity to remix the tune. Indeed, nearly every single thing about this album is a shout-out to the Clash or Gang of Four, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but why not just listen to the originals instead?
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  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • UPC: 094635968224
  • Catalog Number: 59682

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radio 4 Primary Artist
Phil Mossman Guitar
Anthony Roman Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Milone Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
P.J. O'Connell Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Gerard Garone Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Greg Collins Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Rob Adams Artwork
Jagz Kooner Producer, Audio Production
Phil Palazzolo Engineer
Jon Gray Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Radio 4 Composer
Nick Forte Sound Manipulation
Jon Sulkow Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Painting in familiar schemas... a bad thing?

    Let's face it your punk NERDS- this is not mainstream music, and is not intended to be. These guys have no intention of selling out the Garden- but they would like to appeal to your taste- but perhaps the 'memory' is sweeter than what it actually is. To critique what these guys are doing is to critique what their critics claim they evoke. What we have here will later be seen as revisionist, and cannot be reduced to simple 'covers' of any particular bands 'sound.' These bands lit the torch and let it die away. Radio 4 is bringing the energy and message back. What I will critique is hearing such strong political comment in a Mitsubishi, Coca-cola or Budweiser ad. But, hey, every communist deserves to make a buck, right?

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