By: Nevra Azerkan
Go Radio follows up their 2011 debut album, Lucky Street with Close The Distance. Produced by James Wisner, the first single, “Collide”, a strong pop rock track was later followed by the piano driven tune, “Go to Hell”. These two were the perfect choices for singles off this album and perhaps the only options.
Lucky Street is a hard act to follow, but they manage it fairly well with this release. That is if you are looking for something comparable with Lucky Street. Personally, I want a band to continue growing in each album and to show a new side to them. Lyrics aside, with Close The Distance, it feels like this should have been their debut album with Lucky Street as their follow up. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is impeccable and if anything that is the best part of this album. Lyrically speaking, it’s deep and meaningful, but the sound just doesn’t seem up to par with what’s being sung.
Jason Lancaster has an amazing rawness to his voice that when taken to a new level leaves you wanting more (“Rolling In The Deep” cover, anyone?), but he plays it safe on Close The Distance. I was hoping for more of that gritty sound that he can produce to convey a lot of what he’s singing, but it just wasn’t there. Stand out tracks include the first two singles: “Collide”, “Go to Hell” as well as “I Won’t Lie” and “Over Me”.
Overall, if you are a fan of Go Radio you will love Close The Distance. They improved on what the fans wanted to hear on this release. However, if they had wanted to reach the mainstream market, I’m not sure this is the album to do it with. If Go Radio wants to get there they need to take more risks with their sound and liven up more of the tracks as Close The Distance is somewhat slow paced.
Full track listing includes: “I Won’t Lie”, “Baltimore”, “Collide”, “Go To Hell”, “ Lost and Found”, “Close the Distance”, “What if You Don’t”, “Things I Don’t See”, “The Ending”, “Over Me” and “Hear Me Out”.