Cadet - The Observatory

Monday 1st September 2003
Cadet - The Observatory
Cadet - The Observatory

STYLE: Rock
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5305-6307
LABEL: BEC BED39410
FORMAT: CD Album
RELEASE DATE: 2002-11-08
RRP: £4.99


Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Any attentive Cross Rhythms radio listener will already know the piece de resistance of this tremendous album, the attention-grabbing opener “Nobody” which blends its elements, an acoustic guitar strum, a wistful lead vocal and howling, hard guitars, to produce a perfect, radio-friendly concoction. But there are plenty of other gems here. Take the mid tempo plea for God’s transforming touch, “Change My Name”. Lead singer Ryan Smith’s vocal – a little like the Jars’ Dan Haseltine – emits a tremulous poignancy as the angry guitars roar around him, or the jangling teenage romance song “Call Me”. Overall, ‘The Observatory’ (which has been out almost a year incidentally) is a big improvement on Cadet’s self-titled debut and though there are still strong retro beat group elements, hardening up the guitar sound makes a far more cohesive album for today’s youth. Classy pop rock with exceedingly tuneful hooks.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Nobody [Listen]
2. Blame [Listen]
3. Change My Name [Listen]
4. Call Me [Listen]
5. Today [Listen]
6. High Tide [Listen]
7. Stuck In A Song [Listen]
8. Two Stars [Listen]
9. Cry To You [Listen]
10. Come Alive [Listen]
11. Wishing Well [Listen]

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