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De Nova

4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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The Redwalls bring uncommon maturity and chops to their full throttle combination of barrelhouse energy, melodic effervescence and classically soulful 60's influences. Features the single 'Thank You'. Capitol. 2005.

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Whether such lofty notions as "the circle remains unbroken" or "all things old become new again" mean much to The Redwalls is debatable. But the young Chicago quartet channels their passion for r&b-tinged '60s/'70s rock forms with admirable energy on a big label debut that seems as inspired by resurgent Britpop as it does a reaction against a decade of shoe-gazing alt.rock. The raucous opener "Robinson Crusoe" lurches with loping rhythms and a brass section wallop, while the gritty vocal swagger of Logan Baren belies his age (at 22, he's the band's elder statesman) and avoids most of the pitfalls of poseurhood. Yet there's more to Redwalls here than the muscular mod pretensions of hard-charging anthems like "On My Way" and "It's Alright," ranging confidently from the infectious blue-eyed soul of "Thank You" and "Hung Up On the Way I'm Feeling" to the bittersweet pop melancholy of "Front Page" and noisy psych-dirge "Back Together." Like any good recipe, it's not the familiarity of the ingredients that triumphs here, but the heart and soul with which they're lovingly stirred together. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0009MAPYK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Beatles comparison is inescapable. These songs are close enough that one can't use the word 'original' without blinking. The Redwalls' De Nova is De rivative. But that's ok. Because, like the Monkeys (America's answer to the Moptops), this is still good music and really fun. What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in exuberance. Lots of melody, harmony, and rhythm crammed onto one disc. The Beatles were the seminal moment- the spark that lit countless fires. The Redwalls are one of those fires (a big blazing bonfire) that heats things up and, with no irony, salutes the Fab Four proudly.
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The "album cover" art should be your first clue of what to expect from the Redwalls: a "shelf-worn" effect and a cover photo of them in rather Beatle-esque poses. (Apparently they passed on an opportunity to label their CD tracks as "Side 1" and "Side 2".) But these guys are not "poseurs" - they have an honest passion and commitment to the "British Invasion" sound of the 1960's. Throughout this energetic and musically authentic effort, you'll hear echoes of the Who, early Elton John, and especially the John Lennon side of the Beatles. (Listen to the closing track, "Rock and Roll", and then try telling me I'm wrong.) These young lads from Chicago have nailed down the sound better than any of their contemporaries, better than even Canada's Sam Roberts. This is a fun and energetic CD with a number of standout tracks, including "Build a Bridge", "Robinson Crusoe", and "Thank You". (And for you "sensitive" listeners, don't let the "explicit" tag scare you off - it's only for one song, "Falling Down", which uses profanity to make a point about radio censorship.) This album doesn't pretend to be avant garde, nor does it want to be. Just put in on, shake your mop-top, jump around, play air guitar, and enjoy it.
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If you've never heard music by The Redwalls, De Nova is a great place to start. This follow-up to their first album Universal Blues has something for everyone on it. If you're a romantic you'll love "Love her." If you hate the FCC as much as the The Redwalls do you'll definitely love the protest song "Falling down." And if you just like Rock 'n' Roll and having a good time, the song "It's alright" will be your new anthem. Each track on this album has it's own unique twist whether it's a catchy chorus, guitar solo, or Logan Baren's(lead singer)unique and very entertaining voice. This album is sure to be your feel-good album for the summer, so go out and buy it! You should also buy Universal Blues,their first album, which is just as great.
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The time has come for people to know about the Redwalls. This is a Chicago band that is so talented for their age (no-one over 22), it makes you wonder what superstars they could be a few years from now. De Nova is a solid mix of songs, comparable to The Black Crowes, Stones, mid-era Beatles, or Dylan, depending on what song you are on. The great thing about the Redwalls is their ability to perform classic sounding songs that seem like they actually could have been written in the 60's. Give this album a try now, and also check out their debut, Universal Blues, which is just as good.
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This is the best new rock and roll album I've heard in a long, long, long time!!

There isn't much music like this coming out these days and its really refreshing that The Redwalls are doing it so well.

You don't have to be a genius to hear Bowie, Stones, Beatles, Dylan, Kinks influences in this but certainly it's clearly got their signature. It sounds like...well...The Redwalls.

It's great to know that someone is carrying the torch of some of the best rock and roll bands ever...and without putting some trendy, ironic twist on it. The Redwalls are honest and owning up to what inspires them.

Great CD! Hard to imagine a fan of rock music not liking this.
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For the past decade, rock music has been crafting its obituary rather than radical riffs. Scruffy, enthusiastic retro throwbacks have turned mod into mundane while exhausting their listeners with prototypical ballads and spiritless jaunts that can cure insomnia. Some critics would classify The Redwalls as the next torchbearers in the steady disintegration of rock and roll. More guys with shaggy hair, sharp suits, and vintage guitars. Assuredly, these scrappy young fellas from Chi-town are not trying to be the Dylan (or Donovan, if you want to keep the band's British predilections in mind). Their lyrics aren't deep: even "Front Page," with its surreal feel and mystical aura is more aurally pleasing than it is intellectually challenging. However, even the Beatles' breakthrough "I Want to Hold Your Hand" evidences that a band's potential takes time to pique.

Imagine going from a raw-powered, youth-infused album like "With the Beatles" to a polished, treading-in-experimental-territory "Revolver" in two years...that's what The Redwalls has achieved. The group's second release is drenched in tambourines, horns, and studio embellishments that its independent venture "Universal Blues" lacks. This may be disconcerting to traditional Redwalls fans who prefer ample bass lines to studio spit and polish. However, the gamble pays off-no use refraining from using all the bells and whistles that come with a major production studio when they can round out your sound for a broader audience. The harmonies are also as compelling, especially on the track "How the Story Goes" (shame on the critics who dismiss this song as a Rod Stewart ballad that doesn't yield listening pleasure).
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