Sice's second solo record (his first totally Martin Carr-less record) was released in 2007
to about 95% indifference and 5% scorn. (It's possible this is the best
review Balance has ever got.) Given his apparently tenuous relationship with the music
industry, that probably means it's the last we'll ever hear from him unless the Boo Radleys
someday reform (she wrote wistfully). Which is a shame: Sice was a great singer of Martin
Carr's songs and he is a great singer of his own, with an uncanny ability to sound like a
completely differ singer track to track as the songs require (check "Helia Regina" into
"Can't Bear Love When You're Around" for instance). He's also a perfectly decent songwriter,
smart enough to cut bitterness---this is a very bitter record---with humor and sentiment,
and to recognize the pleasure principle inherent in a simple, repeated hook delivered well.
The songs on Balance take a few plays to stick and to stand out one from another, but except
for "Ashes of Your Life", which comes off as Liam doing Noel at his most ponderous, they're
all fundamentally good compositions, if a little dated. The worst thing on the record is the
overly-polite lead guitar from bandmate Ben Datlen, which offers little dissonance or
competition with the vocal, something unlikely to sit well with Boos fans.