Jason Lytle's influence is obvious on Admiral Radley's debut album. "I Heart California" (the title track) could be straight from Grandaddy's the "Sophtware Slump" or "GNDN" could be compared to the 2 low key songs at the end of "Sumday". However there's so much variety on this album that doesn't evoke memories of Jason's former band, yet it really works.
Whether it's a superb Beatles' influenced "Chingas In The West" or a hyperactive Goldfrapp on "I'm All ****** On Beer" the melodies and tunes keep coming with neat twists and turns.
Other influences are as diverse as early Blondie, CSNY and there's a pinch of what I can only describe as vaudeville thrown in for good measure.
I'm a bit wary of side projects by other Grandaddy members, but as a Jason Lytle/ Grandaddy fan I really think that this is one of the best albums Jason Lytle has been involved in.
The best newly released album I've bought this year.