musician has been on the scene since 1996, when she was 17, with the punk-pop
band Lucy Loves Schroeder. Since that time she has released four previous solo
records and played with both The Rentals (with ex-Weezer Matt Sharp) and
Walking Sleep. While Radle has been in several bands she feels most comfortable
doing her solo stuff. 2010’s Four was full of spunky power pop with
big hooks and sweet melodies which brings us to her fifth solo outing here.
The songs on Same Sun Shines aren’t quite as
memorable as those on Four, but it’s
not a bad record, and Radle deserves serious kudos for playing every note on
here. The first few tunes are a bit uneven and don’t seem to bring out here
strengths (which is writing spunky power-pop-ish songs). When Radle is at her
best she reminds me of a poor man’s Tanya Donelly (or occasionally Juliana
Hatfield circa Hey Babe) and this is
evident on terrific songs like “The Pins” and the shuffling “There’s a Change.”
On her cover of the country chestnut, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to
be Cowboys”, she is joined by Mary Lou Lord, and theirs is a thundering version
with big drums and the Radle/Lord voices mixing perfectly.
what I (or anyone else) say, Radle will keep plugging away, the way it should
be. Here’s hoping she knocks it out of
the park next time.
DOWNLOAD: “The Pins”, “There’s a Change”, Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be
Cowboys”, “There’s A Change” TIM HINELY