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Restraining Bolt

By: Ollie

For a debut album this isn't half bad, for a debut album written by a 15 year old Texan boy, this is bloody amazing! Yes, at a mere 15 years of age, Ben Kweller and his other 2 band members have got themselves a $2 million record deal with Mercury, made a stunning debut album AND performed at the Reading festival...... things are looking very good for Radish. Ben Kweller has titled their style of music 'Sugar Metal' but, well, its grunge, its VERY grunge.

So what's so great about the album? Well the answer is quite simple, EVERYTHING! The opening track, 'Little Pink Stars' is quite simply brilliant. The song is so beautifully balanced, and Ben seems to put so much energy into it. Simple sincerity is a great song, and swiftly followed by the great Failing And Leaving This follows a typical punk lyrics style such as, "Schools not working today, my maths teacher is gay" a classic grunge voice, and metal type guitars, heaven. Dear Aunt Artic and The You In Me wont be new to people who own Radishs single, but are slightly different because on the single they were live and played at a faster tempo. Next the REAL Nirvana influence becomes clear with the opening riff on Todays Bargain, a cheeky rip off of the Smells Like Teen Spirit riff. So half way through the album and so far its flawless, and it continues that way! Still I Wait and A Promise aren't as in your face' as the other tracks but still well constructed. My Guitar really just takes the piss out of the beach boys a bit, which is quite amusing, and it's nice to see some sense of humour in their music too. "Bedtime" is a mellow ending to a great album.

Rating: 9/10

NOTE: Now Radish have their first headling tour in the UK playing at 9 venues, sponsored by UK based music magazine "Kerrang!" The tour starts on the 27th of October, ticket prices are a bargain at 5 and the support band to be confirmed.

"Simple Sincerity" is to be released through Mercury on October 27th on 2 CDs.

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