Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Feeds
The problem with most CD reviews is you only get the opinion of the one critic doing the review. So we thought it might be fun to try something new here by giving the exact same CD to two different critics (or more) and see what they each come up with and just how much difference a single critic's opinion can make. 

Note: due to the nature of this series, the reviews may tend to be more in the first person than you are used to with music criticism.




Ra - Duality Review
Label: Republic Records
 

Tracks:
1. Fear 
2. Fallen Angels 
3. Tell Me 
4. Take Me Away 
5. I Lost Everything Today 
6. Only One, The 
7. Superman 
8. Love 
9. Say You Will 
10. Got Me Going 
11. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 
12. Far Enough 
13. Undertaken 
14. Taken 
15. Swimming Upstream 

Paul Gunnels's review - He gave it a rating of 

Before listening to this CD I had never heard this band before and didn't really know what to expect. The first song, "Fallen Angels", really got my attention; I kept finding myself replaying that track over and over again. The CD is about 50 minutes and has 15 tracks with 13 of them being songs. Personally I am not a huge fan of interludes and non-songs put in CD's so the short tracks titled "Fear" and "Love" will be the only thing you may find yourself skipping. 

The songs on the CD all have varying sounds and styles. Songs like "I Lost Everything Today" are filled with electric guitar riffs (and even a guitar solo two minutes into the song) while "Swimming Upstream" is completely acoustic. To go in between, you have songs like "Superman" which have both acoustic and electric blended beautifully together. This mixture makes the CD flow between one song and another very well. While the songs varying to some degree, there is a strong consistency with the way the songs sound. The lead singer's vocals range in style and sometimes resemble Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) with other times you get a John Mayer feeling. Songs like "I Lost Everything Today" and "The Only One" have some very catchy lyrics and the way they are sung make it even better. 

My personal favorite songs are: "Fallen Angels", "I lost Everything Today", and "The Only One". For people who like bands such as Audioslave, Default, and Seether this is a solid, all around album that I give 5/5 stars. The band sounds experienced and the CD is put together very well. Expect to hear much more from these guys soon. 

antiGUY's Review - He gave it a Rating of (would be 5 if I hadn't heard their debut) 

To be quite honest I wasn't expecting much from this CD. So many bands in the recent past have delivered stellar debuts only to falter with their sophomore albums. Therefore, I kept my expectations low and was pleasantly surprised with what I heard. 

While Ra's debut, "From One," set the standard rather high, the band managed to almost reach that dizzying high with Duality, despite lineup changes and taking three years to release this follow-up. 

This is a band that has always been about songs and that hasn't changed one bit with this CD. However, I will say that this effort seems a tad more mainstream formulated than their debut. You can easily hear "Fallen Angels" spinning out of control on KROQ or other "modern rock stations," while it's a well crafted commercial single it's also a strong piece of songwriting that calls out to hit the repeat button. My only real qualm with the band on this CD is that the Middle Eastern influences really took a backseat this time around. That was my favorite part of their debut and this album is not quite as dynamic, ambitious and far reaching as the debut but it still delivers where it counts with it's progressive modern rock. I would have loved to hear the band take off further in the directions they started on their first album, but I can't say I'm really disappointed because this CD does deliver from start to finish, especially on the more dynamic songs like "Tell Me" (modern prog rock), "The Only One" (big beefy riffs), "Superman" (smoking solo), "Got Me Going" (yeah! The Middle-Eastern influence is back!). These are the tracks where Sahaj really shines. 

The thing I like about Sahaj is that he is hard to pin down. He fits comfortably into the modern rock fold but at other times he harkens to singer's like Geoff Tate and Corey Glover. But the best part of this album is when you go beyond the surface of how the songs sound and delve into the lyrics and the duality of the messages conveyed within the two halves of the album. The first half deals with "Fear," but salvation and redemption comes in the second half with "Love". It's not as heady as say "To Our Children's Children Children" (Moody Blues) but in this day and age a cohesive concept album is a welcome departure from commercial schlock. 

Ra once again proves that major labels sometimes get it right and sign quality bands. Duality is an exceptional follow-up to From One and Ra stands head and shoulders above their contemporaries and should appeal to fans of bands as varying as System of a Down and Incubus to Yes and Queensryche. Now that my friends is impressive! 

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist


advertisement
advertisement

.
News Reports
.

Day in Rock:
How Axl Rose Landed AC/DC Gig- Fan Raising Money To Buy Dave Grohl- Paul McCartney Rocks Prince Classic- Invention Could Let Brian Johnson Return To AC/DC?- more

Day In Pop: Prince Reportedly Had Painkiller Percocet In His System- Justin Timberlake Streaming New Song 'Can't Stop The Feeling'- Rory Feek Gives First Interview Since Joey's Death- more

Metallica Considered Making Lars Lead Singer- Blackmore Addresses Rainbow Album And Tour Speculation- Corey Taylor Sharknado 4- AC/DC Were Not Required To Offer Refunds- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


advertisement

.
Rock News Stories
Axl Rose Explains How He Landed AC/DC Gig

Fan Raising Money To Buy Dave Grohl

Paul McCartney Rocks Prince Classic In Minneapolis

Invention Could Let Brian Johnson Return To AC/DC?

Train Covers The Entire 'Led Zeppelin II' Album

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New Album, Stream First Single

Former Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison Announces New Band Vimic

Midnight Oil Announce Reunion Plans

Van Morrison Announces 'It's Too Late To Stop Now' Box Set

Of Mice & Men Announce Album Release Shows

Death Stream Previously Unreleased Song 'Legion Of Doom'

Scythia Streaming Entire New Album 'Lineage' Online

The Hellacopters Announce 12-Inch Vinyl Release

Wolverine Streaming New Song 'Machina'

The Fringe Stream New Version Of "Flare'

Late Metal Fan's Ashes Scattered At Behemoth and Dying Fetus Shows

Motorhead Announce Release Of Snaggletooth Cider

Richard Kruspe Goes Behind The Scenes Of Hotei's 'Move It'

Little Brother Eli Streaming New Song 'Gold'

Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Announces Keyfest

Bruce Foxton Releases 'Now The Time Has Come' Video

Mogwai Didn't Expect To Release 'Atomic' Album

Vektor Release Online Stream Of New Song 'Pteropticon'

Perhaps Contraption Premiere New Music Video

Metallica Considered Making Lars Lead Singer

Ritchie Blackmore Addresses Rainbow Album And Tour Speculation

AC/DC Were Not Required To Offer Refunds For Axl Rose Shows

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Appears In Sharknado 4

Other Music News Stories
Prince Reportedly Had Painkiller Percocet In His System

Justin Timberlake Streaming New Song 'Can't Stop The Feeling'

Rory Feek Gives First Interview Since Joey's Death

Alleged Bobby Shmurda Associate Found Murdered

Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar Lead Austin City Limits Lineup

Randy Houser Has County Music All-Star Wedding

Captain America: Civil War Fueled By Al-J's Left Hand

Blake Shelton Defends Beyonce's Country Song 'Daddy Lesson'

Demi Lovato Streaming 'I Will Survive' Remake

Britney Spears Pens Letter From Mom Ahead Of Mother's Day

Keith Urban Says His Life Started With Nicole Kidman

French Montana Releases 'Figure It Out' Video Featuring Kanye West, Nas

Beyonce Adds More U.S. Dates To Formation Tour

Singled Out: Camryn's Machines

Prince Death Investigation Expanded, He Planned Treatment

Drake Returning To SNL, Enters Forbes Hip-Hop Rich List

Janet Jackson Reportedly Pregnant, Releases 'DammnBaby' Video

Dierks Bentley Continues Love Triangle Video Series With 'Pick Up'

Justin Timberlake Announces New Song 'Can't Stop The Feeling'

Kenny Chesney Takes On 'Noise' In New Video

Alicia Keys Delivers New Single 'In Common'

Cyndi Lauper Taking TV Detour For Country Album

Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry Added To Country Cruising Lineup

The Weeknd Back In The Studio Working On New Project

Kehlani Releases First Song Since Suicide Attempt

Luke Skywalker Mashed Up With Celine Dion

Snoop Dogg Wants To Collaborate With Sam Hunt

Carrie Underwood Airs Her Laundry On Social Media

Reviews
All Recent Reviews and Interviews

5 Star Friday: Searching for Sugar Man

Rock Reads: Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters

Vehemence - Forward Without Motion

Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear

The Rides - Pierced Arrow

Psychedelic Shack: Black Rainbows- Deadsmoke- Duel- Holy Grove

Roots of Creation - Livin Free

On The Record: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live - Volume 1

Classics: Prince's Purple Rain

The Blues: New Blues Revolution, Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue, Peter Karp

Lita Ford - Time Capsule

The Blues: Jeff Healey - Heal My Soul

Rock Reads: Little Gray Bastards- The Incessant Alien Presence

Guns N' Roses Month: Chinese Democracy

Iron Maiden Live In Chicago

Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom

The Blues: Keb' Mo' - Keb' Mo' Live: That Hot Pink Blues Album

Guns N' Roses Month: Use Your Illusion I and II

Passport: Lakou Mizik - Wa Di Yo

Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers - The Dirty Gospel

Road Trip: Treefort Music Fest 2016

Shooter Jennings - Countach (for Giorgio)

Psychedelic Shack: Uther Pendragon's San Francisco Earthquake

Tumbler - You Said

The Infamous Stringdusters - Ladies & Gentlemen

Fall Out Boy: The Kids Are Alright (Live In Chicago)

Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics

5 Star: Judas Priest - Battle Cry

A Taste O' the Green: Northern Ireland's Unique Food and Drinks

Rock Reads: Forty Years Of The Allman Brothers Band

The Keith Emerson Trio

Road Trip: The True/False Film Fest

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.