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Radioactive - 2003 Yeah!

Tommy Denander - guitars, keyboards
Geir Ronning, Fergie Frederiksen, Mikael Erlandsson, Steve Overland, Matti Alfonzetti - vocals
Erkka Korhonen, Bruce Gaitsch - guitars
Marcel Jacob, Tony Franklin - bass
Pat Thern - drums

Thankfully we don't have to wait ten years for a Radioactive release. Considering 'Ceremony Of Innocence' took that long for Swedish guitar supremo Tommy Denander, 'Yeah' the second release is upon us before we've had time to down our lagers! Fans of the crossover West Coast/AOR sound so lovingly executed by the likes of Toto will take to 'Yeah' with no need for an introduction nor bothering to read this review no doubt. In comparison to 'COI', this set contains all round heavier (if you could call it that) songs. Melodic to the core, but with emphasis on that lavish guitar a la Lukather, Huff and Schon. Perhaps also, the songs have been written more recently, with less traces of that 'grandiose' period in which Tommy's previous songs were sourced from.

The Songs
The assembled cast, particularly the vocalists is fantastic. Tommy's production is awesome (as expected), but credit should also go to Anders Theander for his contribution, someone Tommy holds in high regard. As a consequence, the resultant songs literally 'sing'. Each vocalist has a certain strength, which Tommy is able to mould the arrangement around. For instance, Geir Ronning's voice on the moody 'Don't Give Up' sounds spot on, you couldn't envisage anyone else singing it. Even the simple but effective ballad 'Over You' grasps at superlatives. On 'Souls On Fire' he merges the deeper David Coverdale approach with Tommy Nilsson's (Easy Action) style. Compelling for sure. Mikael Erlandsson's vocal is given some room to move on 'I Should Have Known Better', where he comes off like a younger Joe Lynn Turner. His efforts elsewhere are surprising good. I'll need to listen to more of his stuff thats for certain. Gosh, we haven't even mentioned the efforts of Fergie Fredericksen and Steve Overland. 'Demon' and '7am' sees Fergie right back to top form (have we mysteriously time-warped back to 1984?), while the FM front-man Overland teases his voice over 'Lies Feed On Lies', again the sort of voice you couldn't imagine anyone else doing. The bluesy backing vocals making Steve feel right at home.

In Summary
However, without doubt, the star of the show is the man himself Tommy Denander. Some of those guitar solos soar so high you're still waiting for them to come back to earth! Thank god there is at least one person who knows whats required to release a decent album. This one is a corker. You can tell upon first listen that there is a certain magic. Thats what fans wanna hear. You can be assured that Radioactive's 'Yeah' has that magic. Repeat play? I think so.


Track Listing:
01 Yeah (Erlandsson)
02 Demon (Fredericksen)
03 Don't Give Up (Ronning)
04 Lies Feed On Lies (Overland)
05 I Should have Known Better (Erlandsson)
06 Over You (Ronning)
07 Fire Within (Mikael Erlandsson)
08 Not That Innocent (Kimmo Blom)
09 Make It Mine (Erlandsson)
10 Souls On Fire (Ronning)
11 7am (Fredericksen)
12 Until I Change My Heart (Alfonzetti)

Related Articles:

Radioactive - 2001 Ceremony Of Innocence

Radioactive interview with Tommy Denander - Oct 2001

Radioactive - 2003 Yeah!

Radioactive interview with Tommy Denander - Jun 2003

Radioactive - 2005 Taken

Radioactive interview with Tommy Denander - Dec 2005

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#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 17:23:09
Slightly heavier than the debut,and less of a Westcoast feel. Excellent material throughout and faultless musicianship - Tommy you've done us proud yet again!
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