In this type of song, if there’s one thing I like, it’s a full sound. This one delivers just that, kicking off in a vein similar to Sting’s I Can’t Stop Thinking About You: everything in at the top. Toms boom, guitars flex and the organ roars above it all. Great!
We break down to lyrics told over long phrases, all working to draw you in to All Night Long’s narrative, then the vocals cleverly syncopate with the rhythm and we realise that we are in skilled hands.
The second half of the pre-chorus (as well as building nicely into the chorus) features some tasty guitar overdubs panned hard to the sides, before we go widescreen for the chorus itself: ‘And I waited for you / I can’t wait anymore’.
The lead vocal is reminiscent of Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, as Daniel Martin wraps his tones around the lyric. It’s a vocal filled with commitment, sounding like it has passion for the material and character enough to flesh out the narrative with extra layers of meaning. It’s a compelling instrument, and is used well to flesh out Radiofix’s sound.
The drums have been beautifully captured, sounding full and resonant: when the drummer rolls around the kit, they sound wonderfully alive, and then when the song goes into sections of half time, the fizz of the cymbals works as a wonderful backdrop and counterpoint to the metronomic riffing of guitar and bass; from which the former gets to fly off into further exploration.
An accomplished mix of rigid discipline, sound songwriting and fab musicianship, All Night Long boasts savvy production, compelling vocals and memorable moments aplenty. Nice.