by Joshua RadinJoshua Radin


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Joshua Radin moved toward a more electric rock sound on 2010's The Rock and the Tide, but on 2012's Underwater he returns to the hushed and sincere singer/songwriter pop that filled his first two albums. A melodic, countrified album buoyed by some light orchestral touches, Underwater largely showcases Radin's vocals set against gently strummed acoustic guitar. However, it also doesn't hurt that Radin brought in a supergroup of backing musicians for this effort, including pianist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), drummer Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan), organist Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Jellyfish), and others. While Radin has a slight voice that he keeps at something just above a whisper much of the time, his vocal lines are still bright and pleasant. Tracks like the rambling "Let It Go" and the intimate "Five and Dime" are infectious nuggets of heartfelt and twangy folk-pop that stick in your head. Tracks like the leadoff "Tomorrow Is Gonna Be Better" and "Anywhere Your Love Goes," with their sweeping, cinematic string flourishes, have a '60s baroque vibe, and bring to mind the work of such artists as Sea Change-era Beck and earlier icons like Nick Drake. Elsewhere, we get a bevy of catchy, laid-back anthems that find Radin delving into a womb-like, late-afternoon space of melancholy emotions and sun-drenched ennui. While Radin may lean toward a kind of a sadness on Underwater, there is a current of positivity running through his work here that permeates most tracks. On "Let It Go," he croons "Put the top down drive to the sea/Leave the city lights behind me/Let it go/Feel the sun shine on my face/Took some time but I found my place by letting go." If you let yourself go and let Radin's songs wash over you, Underwater will most likely carry you out to sea with a smile on your face.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Mom & Pop Music
UPC: 0858275007022
catalogNumber: 70

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Radin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Benmont Tench   Piano,Hammond Organ
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Gene Cipriano   Flute
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
John Wittenberg   Violin,Concert Master
Joseph Meyer   French Horn
Roger Manning   Synthesizer,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Electric Harpsichord
Michael Valerio   Double Bass,Upright Bass
Kevin Augunas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Aoife O'Donovan   Background Vocals
Marina Manukian   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Alwyn Wright   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Blake Mills   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,tiple
Priscilla Ahn   Background Vocals
Madi Diaz   Background Vocals
Ina Veli   Violin
Rachel Englander   Violin
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Cello
Brett Banducci   Viola
Alisha Bauer   Cello
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Kate Reddish   Viola
Matthew Janszen   Conductor
Judy Yoo   Violin
Jessica Vanvelzen-Freer   Viola
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Alan White   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Kevin Augunas   Producer,Engineer
Daniel Heath   Arranger
Jane Cornish   Arranger,Session Leader
Joshua Radin   Composer,Producer
Madi Diaz   Composer
Alice Moss   Composer
Gavin Paddock   Engineer
Eugene Micofsky   Orchestration
Dugas   Composer

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