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Radio Drive

A Taste of Heaven (featuring Kevin Gullickson)

Review by Gary Hill

This four song set has two great songs, one that’s very good and one that could have been done better. The concept here is pop rock, and for the most part it works very well. The only dud, the closer, could have been turned into something special with a different arrangement and production. Say what you like, but this is worth having.

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Track by Track Review
Footsteps

I absolutely love the tone of the rocking motif that starts this. When the vocals enter the piece becomes even more powerful. The chorus is more of a pop rock vibe. This is like a powered up folk rock piece with a classic texture.

A Taste of Heaven
This energetic pop rock tune has a more modern sound. Still, there are classic elements at play, too. The vocal arrangement is multilayered. The only complaint I have is that at times the vocals seem a little over processed.
Borders
I love this rocker. It’s got a real classic rock vibe to it, but it’s also quite modern in texture. It has a solid vocal arrangement and some great hooks. The message of this cut is very positive and empowering. The cut does go on a bit too long for my tastes, though.
Who You Are

This is another that feels a bit overproduced. It seems to be trying to get a hip hop kind of modern vibe to it. It just seems a little cheesy because of it. The vocal line doesn’t work very well, either. This song is the dud of the EP, really. I think this would have been stronger without it – or if the piece had been reworked a bit.

 

 
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