RECORD REVIEW: The Edge Effect “Alphabet Radio” by Christopher Long

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All six members of the Orlando-based vocal act, The Edge Effect, already had achieved significant success in their respective music careers prior to forming as a group in 2011. Yet, despite having performed individually alongside such industry giants as Stevie WonderPrince and David Foster, they still were seeking greater “artistic fulfillment.” And the realization of that “fulfillment” is embodied in the recent release of their 2014 debut record, Alphabet Radio.
Produced by Jamey Tate and The Edge Effect at various Central Florida and Southern California recording studios, the record offers ten high-energy tracks, the majority of which are original compositions written by group members, Karl Hudson, John Gibson II, Solomon Jaye, Troy Dolendo, Sean Gerrity and Daniel Alan.
Touting “Who’s Who” résumés, the Edge Effect backing band is comprised of keyboardist Jeff Babko (Frank OceanJason Mraz), guitarist Andrew Synowiec (Michael BubléMarc Anthony), drummer Jamey Tate (Al JarreauDavid Benoit) and Jonathan Bradley on trumpet. All bass tracks were performed vocally by The Edge Effect’s Karl Hudson.
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“We wanted to write songs that you could sing along
to after the very first time you heard them.”
John Gibson II (The Edge Effect)
“We all have many interests and influences,
and we wanted this album to reflect that.”
-Troy Dolendo (The Edge Effect)
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Highlights include “All Night” and “Get on Down” — both of which ooze a super-charged party vibe, while acclaimed R&B singer / songwriter, Marc Broussard delivers a guest lead vocal on his tune, “Biggest Fan” — a track that is beautifully reminiscent of old school, 70’s-style vocal soul.
Written by Solomon Jaye, “Monsters” is a smooth-groovin’ duet between Jaye and singer / stage actress, Shoshana Bean. Lyrically similar to a recent hit of a similar name by Eminem and Rihanna, I’m not sure which is the “chicken” or the “egg.” However, Jaye’s is an overall better written and more enjoyable song.
Another shiny gem is the infectious, soulful track, “Get Right.” The record’s only cover tune, it was written by Mindi Abair and appeared originally on her 2010 album, “In Hi-Fi Stereo.” And the Edge Effect remake even features a sassy sax contribution from the renown jazz / pop artist.

Alphabet Radio ends strong with the super-groovy and catchy, Beach Boys-flavored ditty, “Come Get a Taste” — rounding out an impressive debut record that’s well-worth seeking.

Operator, get me the NFL — I’ve got a great idea for next year’s Super Bowl “Half Time” show!
Christopher Long
(February 2014)
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CD review: On repeat with The Edge Effect’s ‘Alphabet Radio’ by Kat Coffin

“Alphabet Radio” is the debut CD from Orlando based vocal band The Edge Effect. The CD superbly showcases the award winning six man vocal group’s talents with a masterful mix of pop, R&B, funk and jazz flavored songs. Their sound has a great retro vibe, reminiscent of the days when vocal bands were topping the music charts.

Four songs on the CD feature special guest appearances along with the band. Marc Broussard guests on “Biggest Fan,” his soulful passionate vocals delivered over a cool bluesy vibe. “Spotlight” is a softer R&B flavored track with beautiful soaring vocals from Omar Cardona. The bubbling music on “Monster” supplies an ideal background to the duet between Solomon Jaye and guest vocalist Shoshana Bean. “Get Right” takes on a nice jazzy tone with the saxophone playing of Mindi Abair.

“All Night” and “Get on Down,” are two funky up-tempo songs with a heaping dose of soul. The two lead vocalists on “Mercury,” Daniel Alan and Sean Gerrity, add a lot of heat to the pop song. “Smile” has a nice reggae vibe; it’s almost possible to feel the sand between your toes. The thick funky sound in “Waving Goodbye” adds a dark vibe to the song. The CD closes with the vintage doo wop flavored southern soul song “Come Get A Taste.”

“Alphabet Radio” takes several listens just to appreciate a small part of what is going on with the songs. Luckily, it’s a CD that listeners will want to play repeatedly. Just one word of warning though, don’t even think about sitting still, passively listening to the steady rhythmic songs, it’s not possible.

The band has already earned many accolades for their musical performances and their songs on “Alphabet Radio” will only further cement their top ratings. The Edge Effect won MTV’s “Top Pop Group,” Boyz II Men’s “Next Great A Cappella Group” and have been finalists on “America’s Got Talent.”

Music fans can check out the band on their official site, Facebook, You Tube and Twitter. “Alphabet Radio” is available on iTunes.

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