Radio Company ‘Vol. 1 ‘: examination track by track
After a much anticipated wait, Radio Company officially released their debut album, Vol. 1, today! We’ve all been on a journey as Jensen Ackles, Steve Carlson and the extremely talented musicians behind Radio Company shared snippets of each track, behind-the-scenes stories and plenty of photos with fans, no doubt sparking excitement from its exit. Those who pre-ordered were also able to download and listen to “Sounds of Someday”, the first single to be released from Vol. 1. Check out our song-by-song review of this fantastic album below!
‘Cannonball’ begins with a few notes before the music picks up, increasing the excitement for the track. It gives off that feeling of being at a concert, right before the lights come on and the music blasts. The song itself is rock and has soul. You’ll want to groove on this one! If that’s not enough, Jensen and Steve’s sultry vocals in the verses are sure to be the ear feast you are looking for. All in all, this is an absolutely glorious debut track on the album that sets the tone for what’s to come.
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Leave me alone
Sacred saxophone, this piece is a jazzy but moving song that makes you want to sway to the excellent rhythm. The killer saxophone solo steals the show midway through before Ackles’ soft voice takes you back to the story of the lyrics. They’re perfectly written to match the harsh, upbeat music, and I especially like, “I have to go, before the shot collapses, I can’t go back now, looks like I’m heading to the battle.” The upbeat chorus also conveys the sense of urgency felt in the verses. The lyrics of the song blend perfectly with the guitar and brass which all take on a softer note at the end of the song. Ackles’ voice sounds clear and smooth for the final verse before the chorus starts one last time and ends with a final crescendo of vocals and instruments. Start finishing this one draws you in and doesn’t let you go. ‘Let Me Be’ is easily one of my favorite tracks on the new album!
‘Bound’ is one of the only songs on the album where Steve’s voice is central, with Jensen not present. Even if it would have made a nice touch, it’s beautiful on its own. He has a beautiful electric guitar composition and the lyrics immediately hit me. I’ve always liked songs that contain contradictions in their poetry and that’s what this song does. In particular, âYou took a plane and found a reason to live. It entertains you, but you don’t have much more to give, âis so poignant. From my perspective, it’s all about the fame or success turmoil. How, even though it may take us beyond certain places if there isn’t a solid base of self-esteem or someone to catch up with us when we fall, then we’re just tied in the ball to the ball. snow that it is.
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– Rachel F.
The sounds of a day
‘Sounds of Someday’ offers a nice change of pace from some of the more upbeat tracks on the album. The lyrics are haunting as they seem to tell the story of someone who is tired and in trouble. The simple yet effective accompaniment really allows the richness of Jensen’s voice to shine through as he takes the lead vocals in this song. My favorite part of the track is the very last line where Jensen riffs on the very last note and pulls this song to a mind-blowing ending.
Out of my mind
Mellow and soulful, ‘Off My Mind’ makes you feel like you are sitting in a dark nightclub, where the light is dim, you drink a glass of whiskey and the music speaks of what you are feeling inside. this precise moment. âAll you have to do is nothing. Trade it all in for something new. Blame it on the way we were brought together. While a remedy has abandoned you. Between the powerful voice of Steve and Jensen and the poetic lyrics, you won’t be able to get yourself out of this piece of the mind.
It’s a powerful ballad in both lyrics and instruments that made me cry. Throughout the song the guitar and drums seem to be just above the sound of Jensen’s vocals, I think it’s deliberate to add to the song’s theme and ‘Drowning’ message. Speaking of Jensen’s voice, can he ever hold a note without faltering. I also love how the song starts out dark before adding louder instruments to set the tone and the emotions to come. Although Steve does not appear on vocals, you can hear him on electric guitar. I interpreted this song as about the loss and the tragedies that have occurred due to the rise of violence in the country, “Because we cannot become, victim of a sum.” The last words he sings at the end, “Hold the day, oh we pray, to make it through the night,” is like a call for hope.
When i’m down
Alright, let’s talk about the seventh song, ‘When I’m Down’. It has a classic rock slow opening, with each instrument being added one by one until they all play together in perfect harmony. The song features the powerful vocals of Jensen and the three gorgeous backing singers we saw in Instagram posts. The added voices of these women were the perfect complement to the 3:13 minute thrill. Even though Steve Carlson was not featured vocally in this song, you can still hear his influence in the lyrics and through the instruments. Listening to the lyrics, my take on the song is that it’s when he misses Danneel and his family at home in Texas while working in Vancouver. “When I’m feeling down, living far away, all I need is to be with the one I believe will save me.” These words make me think of homesickness and the lack of all your family and friends, and “Won’t you take me” is when he talks with them, that feeling is momentarily forgotten. After a rock instrumental break, Jensen returns with a louder, raucous rock voice ending the song by repeating “When I’m down”.
Live in you
The eighth track on the album, ‘Livin’ In You ‘, has a constant drum beat throughout the song. Steve’s voice in the song is very smooth and although Jensen is not featured in this song, you can clearly hear his influence when it comes to the instruments, especially the guitar. Around the middle of the song, the instruments start to go up, the tempo gradually picks up, and the vocals start to get a little louder. But when “Found my way, living in you” comes back, repeated several times, it starts to slow down. All you hear after is guitar, piano, and drums, which speed up and come together, eventually ending the song after 56 seconds of instrumental. This song is mainly based on his instruments and it is perfect because it brings everything together.
‘All Our Own’ is a love ballad that has the same soul as the other songs on the album, but slows things down a bit. Jensen’s voice is calming but still powerful with the accompanying mellow instrumentals and subtle backing vocals. The lyrics speak of a hopeful love where, no matter what, you are protected and together. It’s a slow dance track if I’ve ever heard one, and it reminds me of sharing a special moment with the person you love where the rest of the world doesn’t exist. My favorite line is, âI know I’d rather be alone togetherâ¦â because if that’s not the ultimate declaration of love, I don’t know what it is.
The album ends on a slower note with the simpler set of lyrics. Much like ‘Sounds of Someday’, this song is spellbinding but in an incredibly beautiful way. The song is mostly lead by music, with a smooth harmony acting as the accompaniment and with this combination the song appears like one you might find in a YouTube playlist to help calm your anxiety. In my opinion, there was no better way to end the album than with this sweet and peaceful sounding song.
– Amanda S.
The album is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and can be purchased as a vinyl record through Radio Company.