Cosmic Avenger

Something on the Radio

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Taking the shuffling folk/pop of Michael Penn and combining it with the proto-emo pop of Weezer, Cosmic Avenger's Something on the Radio is a very average album enhanced by the enthusiastic performances. The most noticeable problem with the music is the bland manner that the material is presented. The band sounds very amped up and powerful, but the production is rather flat in spots, leaving songs like "Ready 2-Nite" raring to go without ever getting the chance to. Certain tracks get over this hurdle by sheer ambition alone -- take "The Revolution Will Be Televised" for example. Traveling over a keyboard-manipulated sample, the song is like the Flaming Lips if they were produced by Nick Lowe, charging along with a truly memorable hook and some great musical flourishes. The production is not a problem throughout; in fact, "Hypnotist's Moon" is a very good synth ballad that sounds really good. Maybe it is the variety of sounds that makes the production uneven; there are more than a few genres floating around the album, and the sound may not have been appropriate throughout. But, overall, this album is pretty listenable, and the group shows a lot of promise on these tracks, so this would be mildly recommended for fans of bizarre indie pop.

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