DecembeRadio (album)

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DecembeRadio
Studio album by DecembeRadio
Released June 27, 2006 (2006-06-27)
Recorded January 26 – February 1, 2006 at Southern Tracks Recording in Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Rock
Length 44:33
Label Slanted
Producer Scotty Wilbanks
DecembeRadio chronology
Noise
(2005)
DecembeRadio
(2006)
Satisfied
(2008)
Alternative cover
Expanded Edition cover
Singles from DecembeRadio
  1. "Love Found Me (Love's Got a Hold)"
    Released: April 21, 2006
  2. "Drifter"
    Released: August 14, 2006 (CHR and AC)
  3. "Dangerous"
    Released: August 28, 2006 (Rock)
  4. "Least of These"
    Released: February 2007 (CHR and AC)
  5. "Table"
    Released: April 23, 2007 (Rock)
  6. "Can't Hide"
    Released: October 26, 2007 (Rock)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Christian Music Review 9/10 stars[3]
CCM Magazine A[4]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[5]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[7]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[8]
The Phantom Tollbooth (mixed)[9]
Wise Men Promotions (3/5)[10]

DecembeRadio is the eponymous major label debut album by the band DecembeRadio. Produced by Scotty Wilbanks, the album features a guitar-driven sound that quickly earned it comparisons to The Black Crowes, King's X, Aerosmith[11] and Free.[12] The album was nominated for a "Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album" Grammy Award, and won the 2007 Dove Award for "Rock Album of the Year".[13] Two of the album's tracks were also nominated for Dove Awards: "Drifter" for "Song of the Year", and "Dangerous" for "Rock Recorded Song of the Year".

Overview[edit]

DecembeRadio was recorded at Southern Tracks Recording in Atlanta, Georgia from January 26 to February 1, 2006.[14] Whereas the band’s previous album of original material, Dangerous, contained many mid-tempo songs and ballads with prominent acoustic guitar, most of the songs on DecembeRadio are propelled by overdriven chords played in unison by the two guitarists. Verses often give way to sections of jangly ("Table" and "Can’t Hide") or ringing ("Greed") guitars punctuated by crunchy power chords. First single "Love Found Me (Love’s Got a Hold)" is the only obvious example of the band’s Southern rock influences, sounding particularly like The Black Crowes[11] with its underlying piano, horns and female backing vocals. Acoustic guitars feature prominently in the ballad "Drifter", and also appear in the mid-tempo "Least of These" and "Alright My Friend". Producer Scotty Wilbanks adds color not only with subtle sound and vocal effects, but with his own keyboard playing (which takes center stage in the untitled studio jam after "Least of These").

Lyrical topics are varied, and include reminders that all will face God eventually ("Can’t Hide" and "Table"), exhortations to follow Biblical example ("Dangerous" and "Least of These") and acknowledgments of personal struggles ("Greed" and "Razor").

Three of the songs on DecembeRadio are rewrites of songs that appeared on Dangerous. "Love Found Me (Love’s Got a Hold)" features completely rewritten verses. "Live and Breathe" offers rewritten verses, new lyrics and a new melody in the chorus. Most radically changed, however, was "Dangerous", which retains only the main riff and the first line of the chorus.

Release[edit]

DecembeRadio was released in the US through Slanted Records on June 27, 2006. The album appeared in two of Billboard's Christian music charts during its first week of eligibility,[15][16] and then dropped out of the charts for over a year. It was during DecembeRadio's 2008 tour with Third Day that the album returned to the charts, including its first Billboard Top Heatseekers appearance, where it reached the antepenultimate spot.[17] DecembeRadio has sold nearly 50,000 copies.[18]

Expanded Edition[edit]

An Expanded Edition of DecembeRadio was released on November 13, 2007. This version includes the original album (minus the studio jam after "Least of These"), and adds a new single called "Find You Waiting" (written by DecembeRadio & Scotty Wilbanks), as well as an acoustic version of "Love Found Me (Love's Got a Hold)". "Find You Waiting" was recorded during the September 2007 sessions for the band's next album.[19] The Expanded Edition is also an Enhanced CD, containing video of a live performance of "Drifter" and a twenty-four-minute interview. New artwork and a sticker complete the package.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Brian Bunn, Eric Miker, Josh Reedy and Scotty Wilbanks, except where noted.

  1. "Can't Hide" – 3:25
  2. "Dangerous" – 4:07
  3. "Love Found Me (Love's Got a Hold)" – 3:38
  4. "Greed" – 4:26
  5. "Drifter" (Bunn, Miker, Reedy) – 4:39
  6. "Live and Breathe" – 3:37
  7. "Alright My Friend" – 4:30
  8. "Razor" – 4:00
  9. "Table" – 4:12
  10. "Least of These" – 4:33
    • There is a hidden studio jam (2:54) that begins at 5:01, bringing the track length to 7:55.

Personnel[edit]

  • Brian Bunn – lead guitar and vocals
  • Boone Daughdrill – drums
  • Eric Miker – guitar and vocals
  • Josh Reedy – bass guitar and lead vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Scotty Wilbanks – piano, B3, keyboards and percussion
  • Sam Skelton – saxophone on "Love Found Me (Love's Got a Hold)"
  • Eric Alexander – trombone on "Love Found Me (Love's Got a Hold)"
  • Mike Barry – trumpet on "Love Found Me (Love's Got a Hold)"
  • Tann Smith, Keesha Dement and Cheryl Rogers – background vocals on "Love Found Me (Love's Got a Hold)" and "Drifter"
  • Peter Stroud – slide guitar on "Drifter"

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
2008 U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[17] 48
2008 U.S. Billboard Top Christian & Gospel Albums[20] 38
2008 U.S. Billboard Top Christian Albums[21] 33

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
position
2006 "Drifter" U.S. Billboard Hot Christian Songs 5
2007 "Drifter" U.S. Billboard Hot Christian Adult Contemporary 18

Awards[edit]

In 2007, the album won a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 38th GMA Dove Awards.[22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ About.com review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christian Music Review review
  4. ^ CCM Magazine review
  5. ^ Christianity Today review
  6. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  7. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  8. ^ The Phantom Tollbooth review
  9. ^ review
  10. ^ Wise Men Promotions review
  11. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ. "DecembeRadio - DecembeRadio". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  12. ^ Longville, Anthony (2007-02-22). "DecembeRadio - Decemberadio". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  13. ^ "38th Annual Dove Award Recipients". Published by the Gospel Music Association. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  14. ^ "DecembeRadio.com - Tour Details". Retrieved 2007-11-02. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Top Christian & Gospel Albums - DecembeRadio". Billboard. 2006-07-15. Retrieved 2008-05-28. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Top Christian Albums - DecembeRadio". Billboard. 2006-07-15. Retrieved 2008-05-28. [dead link]
  17. ^ a b "Top Heatseekers - DecembeRadio". Billboard. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-05-08. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Cup o'Joy – June, 2008 Schedule". Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  19. ^ Ward, Tyler. "twardphotos.com – DecembeRadio". Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  20. ^ "Top Christian & Gospel Albums - DecembeRadio". Billboard. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-05-08. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Top Christian Albums - DecembeRadio". Billboard. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-05-08. [dead link]
  22. ^ 38th Annual GMA Awards on About.com

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