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Ear Candy (Dec. 2008) - Amanda Van Keuren
It makes sense that the opening track on Detroit-based Ultraviolet Radio’s latest release is called “The Experiment,” as the whole album seems like one. Walking Into the Light has many different sounds and identities, and the man behind most of them, James McConnell, no doubt has talent. The strongest track, “The Schematics of Love,” sounds like something Peter Murphy’s been hiding under his bed since the '90s.
(Detroit) Metro Times music editor - Bill Holdship
Our critics pick the best in music, 2008 - TOP 10
10. Ultraviolet Radio
Walking into the Light — Self-released
Former Go guitarist James McConnell offers up a highly eclectic but always rockin' mix of (almost) one-man-band tunes
Raised By Gypsies - Joshua Macala
Ultraviolet Radio reminds me of all things shoegaze that I love and even new wave- from the Illegal Wiretaps and The Consolation Project right down to Joy Division. This album itself was released in 2008 but they also have a 2012 EP that’s just as good. Side note: Gina says she likes this because the singer reminds her of David Bowie.
Amazon - New Wave Lovers, February 21, 2012
This record is consistent throughout. Reminds synthesizer-loving new wave fans of everything from early Brian Eno to mid-70's Iggy Pop to 80's era Bowie to Joy Division and Killing Joke. Great songwriting and beautiful arrangements executed with sincere dramatic emotion from singer/songwriter James McConnell. Guest appearances from other Detroit rockers including members of The GO, Bobby Harlow and John Krautner as well as Outrageous Cherry frontman, Mathew Smith. Track highlights: #3. The Schematics of Love, #6 Breakaway, and #8 Infinity (A beautifully crafted atmospheric instrumental.)
released December 1, 2008
James McConnell - lead & backing vocals, guitars, synthesizers, bass, drums, percussion, autoharp.
Robert Wonnacott - drums & percussion (on tracks 3,4,5,6)
Erika Herron - chorus vocals (on track 3)
Bobby Harlow - drum machine, synthesizer, rhythm guitar (on track 4)
John Krautner - bass (on track 4)
Mathew Smith - trumpet (on track 8)
All songs written by James McConnell except "So Sorry" music by Bobby Harlow, lyrics by James McConnell and "Eye To Eye" written by Mark Vignoroli and James McConnell.
Produced and recorded by James McConnell at the UVR Mobile Unit Detroit, MI.