Jensen Ackles’ Radio Company Debut Album Delivers Exceptional Listening | Culture
Over the past 15 years, Jensen Ackles has worked his way through apocalyptic storyline after doomsday as Dean Winchester on the hit CW show “Supernatural.” In 2018, Ackles formed the rock band Radio Company with his friend Steve Carlson, and on November 8, the group released their debut album “Vol. 1.”
With Ackles and Carlson alternating lead vocals from song to song, listeners are sure to stay engaged. Ackles goes for a punchy rock ‘n’ roll with hints of graininess in his vocals, while Carlson wears a subtle country rock twang with a softer voice.
“Cannonball” and “All On Your Own” are probably the best songs to distinguish Ackles’ range of talents. “Cannonball” is a fast paced melody with distorted vocals and a roaring electric guitar. In “All On Your Own”, Ackles goes from a fast and gritty pace to soft and smooth.
Carlson stays slow and intimate on “Off My Mind”. Softer vocals and subtle guitars in the background bring a dark and vulnerable feeling to listeners. But in the song “Bound”, Carlson shows listeners his fun side, going at a fast pace and putting a subtle echo effect on his vocals.
The overall tone of the album seems to have a rock vibe. Since “Supernatural” is known for its bad-boy aesthetic and rock-dominated soundtrack, some of the songs on the album, especially Ackles’ songs, would fit well into the soundtrack of the album. series.
Without fans knowing it, one of the tracks from “Vol. 1” premiered the day before the album’s release date. In episode 4 directed by Ackles of season 15 of “Supernatural”, audiences were treated to the track “Sounds of Someday” as Ackles’ haunting voice played in the background. With guitar riffs similar to “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals, the song is enough to send chills down the listener’s spine.
The only thing that might put some people off is that some songs maybe use too many instruments before the lead vocals are introduced. “Drowning” and “When I’m Down”, for example, have instrumental solos that last a minute before the audience hears the vocals. It might not be bad for some people, but those who are fans of vocal-centric music might get bored with some songs.
Overall the album is fantastic. Some songs had a dominant bass, electric guitars, and electric drum beats, and others sported country touches through Ackles’ Texan accent and acoustic guitar. They managed to balance Ackles and Carlson’s vocals perfectly, and the songs mixed well even though they were sung by two different people. The duo have already announced that they are going to do a “Vol. 2”, and after the sound variety of “Vol. 1”, the type of music they will then give to their listeners is to be guessed.