Album: "Radiate"
Label: DSBP (2002)
Style: EBM / Synth-pop
Songs: 11


Reviewed by: Darklight is the solo EBM/synth-pop hybrid project of J. Taylor. He offers some great music on this CD that is extremely catchy and addicting.

After the initial out of place dark ambient intro instrumental "Fallout", the album really kicks off with track two "Synergy". This track offers sci-fi electronic programming, fast beats, pleasant melodies and deep clear vocals. It has the music of EBM and the singing of synth-pop. The songs "Shadows", "Indecision", "Collapse", "Sacrifice" and "Salvage" are similar in sound featuring energetic programming, club beats, orchestrated melodies and deep clean emotional vocals. However, there's a few songs here that are quite different from these. "Blinded" is a dark and moody mid-tempo electro-industrial song with malfunctioning electronics, heavy bass beats and slightly distorted whispered vocals. "1.1.0" is a funky upbeat electro song with female spoken word. And "Blinded [Tension Mix]" and "Chemical Burn [Pollution Mix]" are both instrumentals. As much as I like all of these tracks, I can't deny the fact that they sound a little out of place on the album amongst the more EBM/synth-pop songs.

The songs "Indecision", "Collapse". "Sacrifice" and "Salvage" are extremely infectious and would pack the dance floor. While I respect some of the variety J. Taylor has included on this album, I have to admit that he shows his strongest song development and singing with the EBM/synth-pop club hits he offers here. And I would personally like to see him focus completely on these types of songs for his next release.

It's obvious after listening to this album that has the potential to become a big name in the industrial/EBM/synth-pop music scene. I'm actually surprised that this Radiate album hasn't gained more attention due to all of the hits it has on it. DJs definitely need to be spinning some of this music in clubs.

Little things like recording the vocals at a slightly lower volume to blend in with the music better, and adding more sound/effect layering to the songs will make this already excellent project even better.