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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