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listen  5. A Token Of GratitudeThe Radio Dept. 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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The Radio Dept. was formed in 2001 by Johan Duncanson and Martin Carlberg. The name was stolen from an art pop band Johan had had with a couple of highschool friends during the later part of the 90s. (A little later bass player Lisa Carlberg and drummer Per Blomgren joined the band as they started rehearsing in the way bands so often do.) In 2002 swedish music magazine Sonic drew attention to ... Read more in Amazon's Radio Dept. Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 286 pages (April 20, 2010)
  • 286 pages
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Labrador Sweden
  • ASIN: B0015WJBVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Great album from start to finish.
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I just want to see what they come up with, but this gorgeous album will surely get you through the wait.
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An album of nearly the same caliber in every way.

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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.


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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on December 18, 2010
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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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on April 20, 2010
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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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When one listens to The Radio Dept, they're taken to an ethereal plane of existence wrought with echo-y guitars over light electronic beats and softly-sung vocals about love and loss. From their first length debut to their 13 EPs and singles to my personal favorite, Pet Grief, a full-length album still seems to be somewhat of a rarity for them. What seems to be even more of a rarity for them is to stray from the aforementioned song formula that they've come to develop so comprehensively over the last 8 years. In fact, aside from the occasional light `orchestra hits' on David and Heaven's On Fire, this was exactly what I anticipated this record to sound like. In fact, I'll go one further and say that this sounded exactly as I hoped it would.

After an album like Pet Grief, it was going to be a pretty tall order to follow something up as technically perfect. So what did they answer it with? An album of nearly the same caliber in every way. In fact, the only significant difference between Pet Grief and Clinging To A Scheme is the tone of the record. While the former is more of a soft-spoken and slightly sad record that may leave you with a tear in the eye, this album is much more upbeat and makes you want to sing along and bob your head. And while this may have some of their most upbeat songs yet, there are definitely echoes of their ambient/shoegazer roots that come out from time to time. The best examples of this are A Token Of Gratitude and their beautiful closer, You Stopped Making Sense; a slower couple of tracks that best represent what The Radio Dept have done up to this point. The way the songs effortlessly drift into one another is also something they've done well in the past and its no surprise that they were able to do the same with this record. All in all, this met and exceeded every expectation that I had for it and after months of postponements, was more than worth the wait.

An absolutely beautifully written and performed shoegaze masterpiece.
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