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Album Review

One of the band's best albums, The Great Radio Controversy retains the typical big-sounding production and anthemic hooks of '80s pop-metal, but Tesla adds a grittier, bluesier edge to their music than most of their peers. As on most of their records, Tesla's songwriting is consistently good but never quite great; however, "Love Song," "The Way It Is," and "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" are among their best, with melodies and riffs that aren't predictable, cookie-cutter product. The Great Radio Controversy broadens the sound of Mechanical Resonance somewhat with increased use of acoustic instruments, which provides more textural and dynamic contrasts, and the weaker moments are still enlivened by the twin-guitar attack of Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch. All in all, a fine effort.

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No controversy here; this album rocks

One reviewer said there was nothing worth buying off of The Great Radio Controversy buy Love Song. I beg to differ. First, one cannot separate Love Song from the beautiful follow up of Paradise. That's sinful, and verges on madness. It is as equally egregious to separate We are the Champions from We Will Rock You. You want hard rocking songs, then look no further than tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 10. You want ballad rockers, look at 4, 8, 11, and 12. You will not be disappointed. Tesla is not your typical 80s hair band; these guys have talent. Their guitar work is top notch.

Alright you must have come from another Decade

This album defined the transition of Traditional Rock into mainstream music. The reason this band and this album is so great is because this is a band of talented guitarist. Every riff of each song was learned by guitarists of the day because they were HOT and NEW. This album is one of the few Rock albums where I liked every song. Only one Metal Album shares that affection: Motley Crue-Theatre of Pain Great Radio Controversy is the definition of 1989 Rock. Contemporaries Bon Jovi only had a few killer songs. Tesla like thier name implys was pure 100% genuis that overall was rejected by the masses. We are wishing we didn't discount Nikola (the inventor of wireless) at the time. The same is true of the band. If you were part of the New Band rock scene in LA this will bring back many memories. And remind you why they were of the few to make it in that drowning sea of Rock bands of the same type. The Big songs: Hang Tough Paradise The Way It Is Lady Luck Heaven's Trail, No Way Out Lazy Days, Crazy Nights and of Course the only one most remember, Love Song;along with Extreme's More than Words these two songs are vastly replacing the commonality of "Stairway to Heaven". Tesla deserves our attention. Soon signs will be replaced with ones that read "No Love Song"

Not a bad song anywhere on this album

Best hard rock album of 1989.


Formed: 1985 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Tesla emerged during the glory days of hair metal, the band's music was equally indebted to contemporary blues and '70s-style hard rock, a fusion that helped differentiate albums like The Great Radio Controversy from its contemporaries. Despite the refreshing lack of posturing, Tesla was hit just as hard as the rest of the pop-metal world when grunge arrived in the early 1990s. They did produce one of the era's more respectable bodies of work, however, including three consecutive platinum-selling...
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