Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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CD REVIEW: The Riddlin' Kids
The Riddlin' Kids aren't alright

Riddlin' Kids
Hurry Up and Wait
Columbia Records

Rundown: The debut album from Riddlin' Kids is not the typical Texan export. Jumping on the bandwagon of popular punk aimed at teenyboppers, Riddlin' Kids fits right into the new-age, commercial punk category. With juvenile lyrics about girls, dating and wanting to run away, interspersed with "sing-a-long" melodies, Hurry Up and Wait will be a sure hit in the 14-year-old market.

Key Tracks: The newly released "I Feel Fine" is a catchy song about the value of independence, while the upbeat tempo and drum sequences in "Crazy" are quite refreshing. The cover of "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" is probably the best song on the CD, as the band gives the original version a twist by adding some punk flavor.

Sounds Like: Riddlin' Kids have the potential to be a powerful punk band, but their lyrics mask their talent. While their style is definitely distinctive, they could become much better if they tried exploring different musical alleyways. Riddlin' Kids represent a mix of qualities from Treble Charger, MXPX, Sum 41 and Boxcar Racer.

–Parvaz Madadi

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