- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jun
- Not Beautiful
- Summer Fade
- Suddenly Maybe
- Take Control
Radial Angel, an independent act since 1999, was one of those miss-them-if-you-blink bands on Word/Warner in 2003. Debuting nationally with One More Last Time, they showed promise with the moderate success of "She" and "Your Name" on Christian radio. Then Radial Angel was abruptly dropped in late 2003 because of restructuring at Word. According to the band's site, the label didn't renew any of their rock bands' contract at the time, though they have since taken on Building 429 and Mute Math.
Radial Angel lives on independently with hopeful signs of a new deal stemming from the release of
However, there isn't enough here to distinguish Radial Angel from the abundance of similar styled bands today, and neo-grunge metal is growing more tired with each passing month. It also doesn't help that the band is focusing on more generalized lyrics primarily dealing with broken romantic relationships. Only one of the five tracks, the Matchbox Twenty-meets-Bush sounding "Take Control," offers a testament to God's peace and authority in our lives: "You take control/You take my soul/God you make everything alright." Radial Angel does well with this genre, but so do a slew of other acts. Recording contract or not, they need to become more distinct to get to the next level.