13 songs, released in 2001 on BEC Recordings. Cadet is a 3 piece band whose CD clocks in a 43:20, or about 3:32 a song. Cadet is a very clear sounding Christian punk band who begins to impress with â€œSpeed of Soundâ€ using a synth and also laying the bass on heavily creates a toe-tapping song which owes more to the Presidents of the United States then anything.
Punk bands that successfully incorporate another instrument into the mix that usually including bass, guitar and drums are truly a rare find, and not since the Red Hot Valentines has the band so successfully used a synth. Also prevalent on this disc, especially on â€œGod-Manâ€, is a very heavy surf sound. Cadet is so much more then a punk band, as in songs such as â€œPrecious Oneâ€, the vocal talents of Ryan really come into play. Cadet is a band whose songs can be placed in one of three major categories: God, Love, or Loving God. â€œThe Girlâ€ has a very grungy, pseudo Silverchair/Weezer sound to it, while adding more of that wonderful synth to the eclectic mix of inspiration.
Bass playing that is talented always gets bonus points, and bands that start off a song with an excellent bass line are always loved. After the Southern-style lounge style of â€œGremmyâ€, an excellent cover of Neil Diamondâ€™s â€œIâ€™m A Believerâ€ follows. The cover begins more slowly then most of the CD, adds a rougher, more needed edge to the disc. A lighter mood prevails during the middle of the CD, especially noticed during â€œFantasyâ€ and â€œBeyondâ€. Some of the most talented guitar on the CD is found during one of the most profound songs on the CD. A more heavy guitar track that seems more suited to a heavier band is found, but works well in keeping the CD as a whole fresh and shows that Cadet is more talented then most Punk bands out there today. A more upbeat song, on par with New Found Glory and Blink 182 is to be found in â€œTalent Showâ€ â€œSpoonâ€ has many layers of instrumentation with another song deep in meaning. In â€œCrack This Codeâ€, a very upbeat song actually has very depressing lyrics, such as â€œWhenever hope is born it always ends up dyingâ€, which is good because avid listeners will actually think about these lyrics. â€œLand of the Livingâ€ is a very fitting ending to a very eclectic CD that always comes back to praising God.