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The Radishes

Good Machine

(Standoffish Productions; US: 16 Oct 2007; UK: Available as import)

Why call yourself The Radishes? I mean c’mon, The Radishes? I love radishes, but eating them, not listening to them. But I’ll make an exception here, which is a good thing considering how decent the title track is. However, the group then begins a slow, almost painful descent into mediocrity with “Never Get Enough”, its faux pause/stop leaving one wanting to let out a yawn. When the band keeps the pace high, as is the case with “Long Day in My Mind”, the results are good. Not great; but good. What makes the release confusing though is a trio of short tunes that drag the record down quickly beginning with a slow, blues-tinted “Wanted To” that is terribly unfinished at best. Meanwhile the garage-ish “Jackie Says” resembles The Mooney Suzuki. The highlight here is “Hook Me Up” which encapsulates the energy few bands can sustain constantly. The Radishes do it, just not often enough.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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