If you’ve so far missed out on the bleary, fuzzed-out indie-pop of Sweden’s The Radio Dept then the release of Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 couldn’t arrive at a better time. The 2-disc, 28-song compilation collects the singles and b-sides from across the band’s 8+ years with Labrador Records, including those from the cult favorites three studio albums (2003 debut Lesser Matters, 2006’s Pet Grief, and last year’s PHW Top 10 finisher Clinging to a Scheme), their many EPs, and even a few stand alone singles. That being said, Passive Aggressive acts better as a companion to their catalog than an overview of it based on the collective strength of their full lengths, as each of the albums is essential listening for anyone even marginally interested in first rate indie-pop. Regardless, it’s a pleasure hearing the distorted noise/pop of “Why Won’t You Talk About It?” alongside dreamier moments like “Pulling Our Weight” or “Never Follow Suit”, not to mention all the harder-to-find tracks collected on Disc 2. It’s a virtual army of great songs, one after the other, presenting The Radio Dept as one of the most underappreciated indie-pop bands of the past decade. Don’t even think twice about this one – just listen:
MP3 :: Why Won’t You Talk About It?
MP3 :: The Worst Taste In Music
MP3 :: Heaven’s On Fire
(from Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010. Buy here)