UNDER-RADIO is a project led by former John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER) student Eric Zimmermann. To sum up the album, it's good old Hard Rock with Progressive and Jazz elements mixed into it.
This is one of those albums that grew on me. At first, I was somewhat turned off by the simplicity of the first track and the vocalist had a nasal tone, but after forcing myself to sit through the album, the diversity of UNDER-RADIO became apparent.
The first two tracks are more straight-up Hard Rock, reminding me of AEROSMITH and GUNS AND ROSES, but then the CD starts to go in all different directions. The instrumental "How Was The Funeral?" is nothing but a classical guitar and flute passage, the serene mood of the entire song almost eases you into a bliss. The following song is just an up-beat swing song, having a Blues Jam Band quality and the vocalist on that song sounds like a bitter man telling us how he was scorned in his life, yet you can't listen to it without having a big smile on your face.
I won't start describing every song to you, but the rest of the album follows suit.
It is a diverse and well written Progressive Rock album with balls, and without any musical indulgence or any "Look-how-fast-I-can-play-MA!" solos. Check them out if you're a fan of RUSH. (Online April 6, 2003)