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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