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Holds open the saloon swing doors to reference several iconic films that almost everyone is familiar with.

Redwest was formed in Italy in 2009 just outside Milan. 'Crimson Renegade' is the debut, self-produced album from the group and was recorded at Larsen Premoli's RecLab studio. Taking a trio of celebrated sixties Clint Eastwood movies as a blueprint, Redwest have created the musical equivalent of a dusty 19th Century American town, long grizzled close-ups and dubiously dubbed dialogue. Naturally, their musical style has been categorized as Spaghetti-Western Metal and this also happened to be the title of an EP released in 2009.

The line-up is made up primarily by Il Lurido (lead vocals/harmonica), Il Randagio (guitar) and Il Losco (bass), but also features notable contributions from Federico Paulovich (drums), Larsen Premoli (piano) and La Straniera (female vocals).

It may be missing the visual flair of Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone's sweeping orchestral arrangements, but the musical links are hardly tenuous. Check out the underlying melody lines of 'The Ballad Of Eddie W', the haunting female vocals in 'Morning Ghost' and the lilting introduction to 'Fire'; they did make me smile though, at times, they possibly border on plagiaristic. There is even a track called 'A Fistful Of Dollars', referencing the Man With No Name, freely inspired by the film of the same name, with music to match.

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The title track (and accompanying video) has a sound and image worthy of the Eurovision Song Contest. I'm not sure if it is meant as a parody, but it has a distinct novelty value, quirky vibe and is certainly inoffensive fun. I would have liked to have heard more from La Straniera, as her contributions contrast nicely with the lightly accented gun-slinging drawl from Il Lurido. The two closing tracks, 'Golden Sands' and 'Poker', have a Volbeat Rockabilly Swing feel and on conclusion it is difficult not to hit repeat,

'Crimson Renegade' is certainly different, though hardly essential. It makes for a pleasurable listening experience and along the way holds open the saloon swing doors to reference several iconic films that almost everyone is familiar with.

Dave Bott

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