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Radio Dept., The - Passive Agressive: Singles 2002-2010

Reviewed by: Matthew Tsai (01/10/11)
Radio Dept., ThePassive Agressive: Singles 2002-2010
Record Label: Labrador Records
Release Date: January 25, 2011

Who?

The Radio Dept. is the Swedish pop group responsible for last year’s subtlety addicting Clinging to A Scheme. They’ve been around since 1995, though, so they’ve released Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002 – 2010 for newer fans looking for SparkNotes on an earlier part of their career.

How is it?

I’ve gone on record saying that the best way to get into The Radio Dept. is to cut straight to Clinging to A Scheme, but Passive Aggressive presents perhaps an even better way. It’s not as immediately accessible as their 2010 full-length, but it does include what are arguably the best tracks from the release. Most notable are “Heaven’s On Fire,” with its idealist film quote about destroying the “bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture” and flooring chorus melody, and bouncy romp highlight “David.”

Of course, the main attraction of Passive Aggressive is its foray into the band’s vast discography. It’s a pretty intricate collection, too, going as far as to include the breathtaking instrumental “Tåget,” which clocks in at just 56 seconds. Just being able to get a general scope of the band’s evolution is fun in its own right. Take album opener “Liebling” for example: The track boasts the same gentle, floating vocals that are signature in their more recent work, but the guitars are much fuzzier. Or “Annie Laurie,” which drifts like a lullaby – a pleasant and unique direction that contrasts nicely from their typical club-y atmosphere. But the beauty of the whole album is that it showcases less of a vertical evolution, and more of a horizontal one. That’s not to say that there hasn’t been any improvement from The Radio Dept. over the years, because they’ve certainly polished their sound to a delightful glint. But even in their earlier, more experimental stage, they were penning beautiful pieces of music wholly worthy of attention, and that makes Passive Aggressive an absolutely enthralling listen.

Recommended If You LikeMusic that's simultaneously "chill" and catchy; Swedish music

Track listDisc 1

01 Why Won’t You Talk About It?
02 Where Damage Isn’t Already Done
03 Annie Laurie
04 Ewan
05 Pulling Our Weight
06 This Past Week
07 The Worst Taste in Music
08 We Made the Team
09 Bachelor Kisses
10 Freddie and the Trojan Horse
11 David
12 Heaven’s on Fire
13 Never Follow Suit
14 The New Improved Hypocrisy

Disc 2:

01 Liebling
02 We Would Fall Against the Tide
03 You and Me Then?
04 Peace of Mind
05 Tåget
06 Slottet
07 What You Sell
08 Mad About the Boy
09 Closing Scene
10 Messy Enough
11 The Idle Urban Contemporaries
12 All About Our Love
13 On Your Side
14 The One

Find The Radio Dept. on Myspace.

I give Passive Aggressive a 4/5.
 
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09:04 AM on 01/11/11
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10:10 AM on 01/11/11
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that quote in "Heaven's on Fire" is by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and boy is it a good one.
10:11 AM on 01/11/11
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that quote form Heaven's on Fire is by Thurston Moore, correct?
10:12 AM on 01/11/11
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that quote in "Heaven's on Fire" is by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and boy is it a good one.
haha, just a few secs before!
10:16 AM on 01/11/11
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that quote in "Heaven's on Fire" is by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and boy is it a good one.

that quote form Heaven's on Fire is by Thurston Moore, correct?

I knew it sounded familiar...
10:17 AM on 01/11/11
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haha, just a few secs before!
same time, homey

:high five:
10:18 AM on 01/11/11
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from The Year Punk Broke I believe
01:25 PM on 01/11/11
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I knew it sounded familiar...
Would've been tough to google.

I fucking love this band.
08:11 PM on 01/11/11
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that quote in "Heaven's on Fire" is by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and boy is it a good one.
Thurston Moore>>>>>The Radio Dept.
Kym Gordon in the late 80s = kissability.

Little maths for ya, Sister
07:22 AM on 01/12/11
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Fix the 'Final Verdict'! I actually fell from my chair when I saw it at 3% lol
08:55 PM on 02/14/11
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These guys were so fucking ill when I saw them in Minneapolis. Really, really glad I got to see em...they rarely come to the states.
08:56 PM on 02/14/11
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Thurston Moore>>>>>The Radio Dept.
Kym Gordon in the late 80s = kissability.

Little maths for ya, Sister
Why even compare Thurston Moore to The Radio Dept.? That argument is moot.
02:21 AM on 02/15/11
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Why even compare Thurston Moore to The Radio Dept.? That argument is moot.
Why just 'cos they used the TM quote is all
07:21 AM on 08/28/11
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"Red"Passive Agressive don't like it not fan of it.Not popular,although great review informative that's it.


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