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Restraining Bolt

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Restraining Bolt

Current Status:
In Season

We gave it a B-

More tuneful than his prepubescent brethren, Radish’s Ben Kweller, 15, writes crunchy guitar pop best classified as Weezer Jr. When the songs reflect teen concerns Kweller is charming, but there’s a hollowness in his attempts at alt-rock ennui. He has the moves in Restraining Bolt, but the emotion is beyond him. Kweller is undeniably talented; it’s too bad he made an album before he was old enough to shave. B-