Listen Up: Wednesday, November 30, 2005
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Space Cadet

Debutante (Kirtland Records)

By Jennifer Robertson

Space Cadet is a portrait of unfairness — they’re a great band you haven’t heard of but should have, and their sophomore full-length, Debutante, is a great record you haven’t heard but should.

Even though the name of the band’s previous c.d. is Greatest Hits (oh, the irony), the quality of Debutante’s punk-pop may be worth an honest retrospective in the near future. The disc is chock full of catchy, head-bobbing tracks that are not the handiwork of novices. As an artist, veteran Denton-based singer-songwriter Ted Levin has grown exponentially.

Produced by Taylor Tatsch (Ryan Cabrera, Jeff Price), Debutante traverses the same lyrical terrain as just about every other pop-punk outfit, including All-American Rejects and locals 41 Gorgeous Blocks, but Space Cadet manages to make the expected sound surprising.

The big hit of the disc is a cover. Unfortunate, yes. But good, very good. While Levin doesn’t have a raspy voice, his cooler-than-thou delivery helps him pull off a great version of Kim Carnes’ 1981 classic “Bette Davis Eyes.” Local alt-rock radio outlets have even taking a liking to it. Pretty fly for some Denton guys. —


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