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Us Against the Crown

State RadioAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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For generations of great American songwriters, the music and the message have been inextricably linked. Word and deed are one in the same, and the only thing more moving than the rousing call to action is the evocative melody that transports the words like a shell casing. These are fire-breathing poets of justice who sing about ordinary people in extraordinary ways, and can turn the world ... Read more in Amazon's State Radio Store

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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B000E1JOSY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. People to People
2. Mr. Larkin
3. Camilo
4. Right Me Up
5. Black Cab Motorcade
6. Riddle in London Town
7. Man in the Hall
8. Waitress
9. Diner Song
10. Gunship Politico
11. Rushian
12. Calvada's Chopper
13. Sybil [*]

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review February 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Chad "Chetro" Urmston (formerly of the uber-successful indie band Dispatch) is back on the with his new band State Radio and their first full length album. Filled, from beginning to end, with crunching guitars, bumping rhythm, and sweet vocals, 'Us Against The Crown' showcases the band's array of musical talents and influences from reggae all the way to hard rock. Evidence of the love for artists from Bob Marley to Rage Against The Machine can be found throughout the disc. The album is also politically charged with classic 'fight songs' showcasing the beliefs of the songwriter on a wide variety of affairs, including the war in Iraq. 'Camilo' is a song about a soldier who decided to not go back to war after being home on leave (which is based on true story). Some classic State Radio tracks show up on the album, with a new flavor and a fuller sound ('Gunship Politico', 'The Diner Song', and 'Calvado's Chopper'). Horns and reggae flair fill the speakers with bumping beats and funky guitar rhythms on 'Right Me Up' and 'Man In The Hall'. 'Riddle In Londontown' is a standout track, showcasing the songwriter's ability to adapt a song formerly played with his old band and make it new and different with his new one (the song, know just as 'Riddle', was played with Dispatch during the shows surrounding their final performance -- it appears on Dispatch's live album 'All Points Bulletin'). It seems as though Chad has settled into an excellent new place with his new band, pulling from his unique style that was just one third of an awesome band, and bringing it out in full force. You can rest assured that State Radio, on the heels of 'Us Against The Crown', is sure to have the same success as Dispatch, while starting down the road to a second incredible independent career.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so good May 10, 2006
By isaac
Format:Audio CD
First, i must say that i am not one who often gives out 5 stars for a cd. The best thing that i can say about state radio is that they deliver an infectious vibe that will leave songs stuck in your head for days and days. Think of this music as the political activism of Rage Against the Machine, the reggae of Bob marley, and the cool music of dispatch. The blending of music yeilds many pleasing songs that are accessable by lovers of all genres.

I have shown this cd to many of my friends, and all of them have loved this cd and bought it withn days. Although Camilo, Mr. Larkin, and The Diner song all stand out for the infectious melodies that they deliver, each track offers something unique and different. The reggae feel to People to People is one to be enjoyed over and over again, and the slow pace of riddle in londontown is special in itself. The flow of this album is one that i cannot begin to describe. There is so mucah raw energy available here. Those that were fans of Dispatch, this is an interesting look at where the band might have ended up if they had continued playing together.

What i would suggest however is that if you are planning on buying the cd, that you buy it on itunes, which gives the buyer 4 bonus tracks, all of which are amazing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally February 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It took 'em long enough, but they finally came out with what I think is a pretty killer CD. Its alot more refined than their live sets, but I think the comparative clarity of the studio recording does State Radio justice.

State Radio's got a unique sound and a positive message that comes through clear in Us Against the Crown.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reggae feel of Dispatch March 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is great. I've been listening non-stop since I bought it. Chad definately was the reggae feel of Dispatch and it comes out on this CD. Also, the politically charged lyrics are much needed with the state of our democracy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing November 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This was an excellent purchase.

If you like jamming Reggae/ Rock, State Radio is a great uplifting band to listen to. Their songs flow so smoothly. And the deep lyrics are very moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dispatch who? December 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love of my favorite bands of all time. State Radio is even better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Amazing album from an amazing band. This album stayed in my cars cd player for quite awhile. Most songs are pretty political, but I think just about anyone could appreciate the music and the songwriting. I introduced a couple of my friends to State Radio and they immediately fell in love with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Band October 20, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I heard these guys live in Chapel Hill last Friday. First of all, the CD doesn't compare to them live. Amazing live sound and jam feel when they're all together.
Their music is definitely something unique, and this album is well worth the money. It's like a more Reggae, punky version of the Dispatch. Go for it if you're into bands like Sublime, Dispatch, or the Mars Volta.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My 1st State Radio Album - The start of an addiction
There is something about these guy's sound that just keeps me coming back for more. The political or social lyrics have nothing to do with it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alex Hilt
5.0 out of 5 stars good great grand
All around good listening tunes on this cd. Glad I got it. Strongly suggest for anyone who digs a chill group to start here.
Published 18 months ago by dogguc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Dispatch fans!
Not the same as Dispatch, but if you are a lover of great music, like Dispatch, you will love this album. Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by Ashleigh Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love these guys!
These guys are amazing! I haven't met one person who doesn't completely fall in love with their music the instant I put them in. Can't go wrong getting this CD.
Published on September 11, 2008 by L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good with more to come.
I have introduced a lot of people to State Radio, recommending them pretty constantly to all of my friends and family. Read more
Published on October 19, 2007 by Eric C. Munch
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good
Chock full of reggae rock beats, politically relevant lyrics and memorable refrains my only question is why aren't more people listening to this band? Read more
Published on July 10, 2007 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Dispatch but yes I like it
Almost four stars, State Radio has a definitive Dispatch rythm and vibe but it lacks the creative impression that Dispatch listeners fell in love with. Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by Joseph Hogan
1.0 out of 5 stars try again
This is supposed to be the type of music that real music fans listen to? You have got to be kidding me. Read more
Published on May 30, 2006
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