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Clinging To A Scheme

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  2. Heaven's Of FireThe Radio Dept. 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. This Time AroundThe Radio Dept. 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Never Follow SuitThe Radio Dept. 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. A Token Of GratitudeThe Radio Dept. 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Video DeptThe Radio Dept. 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Memory LossThe Radio Dept. 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. DavidThe Radio Dept. 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Four Months In The ShadeThe Radio Dept. 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. You Stopped Making SenseThe Radio Dept. 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD: 286 pages (April 20, 2010)
  • 286 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Labrador
  • ASIN: B0015WJBVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on December 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Like the alums before it (Pet Grief and Lesser Matters) The Radio Dept. Sound is solidly set in Dream Pop aesthetic and that is just fine. They make great dream pop, songs that are airy and light that boom with the occasional bass drum beat. but otherwise very calm and soothing. And to match sound with style, The Radio Dept., continues to contrast that sound with lyrics that harbor regret and ennui. But whether your a beat person or a lyric person, The Radio Dept have crafted an album worth buying.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Cova on April 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
As artists can take as long as they want to produce an excellent ALBUM.

ALL GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME!

One of the things that I really love of "THE RADIO DEPT." is that each song is able to immerse yourself in a particular atmosphere, I think that is the subject of music in general (in my personal opinion), that makes us feel happy or sad, for it depends on you transmit the content, that makes you think and also make us vibrate inside.

I fell in love with "RADIO DEPT." since I first heard that, I have enormous respect for his work, to handle creative freedom in their work, and most importantly they are committed to a particular discourse.

As with their previous two releases, each song is separated and distinguishable by subtle hooks and catchy riffs while maintaining the mystery that defines a Radio Dept song. Clinging To A Scheme seems to be looking ahead which I can only guess is due to the band getting older and growing up. Songs like Domestic Scene, Memory Loss, and Heaven's On Fire show me that the band is no longer concerned with 1995 and what happened 8 years ago (Its Been Eight Years). Where Lesser Matters (2003) was filled with a lot of discovery and coming of age, CLINGING TO A SCHEME seems to be past all that. Providing commentaries on big business and getting political are things we do when we get older and look around our environment. We all have regrets about lost loves and the hastey youthfull decisions we made.

At some point we need to accept who and what we have become and just say screw it. I think that this is the place that The Radio Dept is coming from in 2010.

Highly recommended, leave behind prejudices, listen to music without any kind of preconceived judgments.

Enjoy!!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on April 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
So if the world is coming to an end in 2012 as the Maya predicted, or whatever, a whole boatload of brilliant artists picked an excellent year to drop excellent albums for us to enjoy on our way to doomsday: Hot Chip, Los Campesinos!, Eluvium, the National, Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, Caribou, Delorean, the Depreciation Guild, and so on and so forth. Add the Radio Dept. to that list at this point. Clinging to a Scheme is a lush, beautiful little dream pop gem, blending the heavier shoegaze style of their earlier works with a vibrant new sound. The instrumentation recalls classic albums from artists like Cocteau Twins and Lush, and this record is a MUST HAVE for any dream pop fan. Pacing is excellent, and the band save some of the best songs for the middle an end, but with no drought of excellent songwriting from the get-go. The spoken-word excerpt courtesy of Thurstoon Moore at the end of the first track is great for illuminating the goal of this album: "we should destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture." And the Radio Dept. are nothing if not the exact opposite of the kind of cookie-cutter garbage you'll find on modern pop and rock radio. Another great album for 2010. The year only gets better and better.
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This is brilliant pop music. What does it sound like? I detest the term "dream pop". I don't know what it means, particularly since it gets applied to a band like The Dream Academy, who sound very little like this band. I think the best starting point might be late Joy Division/early New Order with sprinkles of My Bloody Valentine and even a pinch of Jesus and Mary Chain. There is always a catchy melody or phrase, occasionally buried in distortion, but typically front and center. I'm not a fan of the programmed/electronic drums, but I love this music nonetheless - it somehow works.

Lyrically, the point of view (NOT the vocal technique) is a slightly more subtle Morrissey, but equally capable of venom and indeed humor at times (see "The Worst Taste In Music" and "I Wanted You To Feel the Same"). Although hardly profound, they consistently mine the world of failed/failing/complex relationships, but the music never comes off as depressing so much as contemplative and introspective. One unique aspect of the lyrics is that they provide a refreshingly new take on the silly love song as seen through the perspective of homosexuality. It's irrelevant if that's not your sort of thing - almost every song works from a hetero bias as well, but I find them more interesting in the context intended by the artists.

My first taste of this band was "Heaven's On Fire" - arguably the greatest song of the decade (either the 00s or the 10s, maybe both) - from the third album "Clinging To a Scheme". The mere thought of someone not liking that song is literally inconceivable - from the caustic lambasting of the music industry right down to the great intro quote by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
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