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 Control.org
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.