The Red West

The Red West

by The Red WestThe Red West

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Overview

While he was never very interested in accessibility during his short, bittersweet career, Jeff Buckley's acolytes usually try to shoehorn his majesty, soul, and meandering sound into a more cohesive frame. On their eponymous Atlantic debut, Cali's the Red West accomplish this with more success than most, if only because Jayson Belt's expressive vocal sway can appropriate some of the feeling in Buckley's elegiac voice. The album moves easily between the harder and softer sides of adult alternative, with "Don't Fall In," "The Balance," and "Crazy Cold" embodying the former, more Buckley-ish side of things, while the light, shuffling acoustics of "Twenty-One" or the singalong "Days Die" are closer to California beachfront campfire rock. It's an ambitious mixture. Although The Red West is filled with hooks, the quartet takes its time getting to them, and takes some routes that might be unfamiliar to the casual listener. The aforementioned "Days Die" drifts into a crackling fiddle and muted trumpet interlude, while "Disappear" rolls along on a surging piano and horn melody. Sometimes, this ambitiousness can be revealed as pretentiousness. Belt sometimes gets carried away with the sound of his own voice, and an untitled set break track that seems to ruminate on the relationship between the crowd and the band is aimless and, yes, pretentious. This is accessible pop music, after all, and shouldn't be caught up in too much conceptual drama. Luckily, the Red West put most of their ideas into melody and interesting songcraft. The adult alternative fan who found Buckley's Grace to be beautiful, yet too opaque, should be right at home with the Red West's more obvious version of that searching modern rock sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2003
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678366826
catalogNumber: 83668
Rank: 181995

Tracks

  1. It's Not Easy
  2. Don't Fall In
  3. Twenty-One
  4. The Balance
  5. Scorn
  6. [Untitled Track]
  7. At the Door
  8. Days Die
  9. Disappear
  10. Crazy Cold
  11. Strange Love Hate
  12. I Forgot
  13. Forever

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red West   Primary Artist
Brent Lewis   Musician
Jayson Belt   Group Member
Matt Bethancourt   Group Member
Tim Weed   Musician
Ryan Gleason   Group Member
Ana Lenchantin   Musician
Andy Smith   Group Member
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Musician

Technical Credits

Casey Stone   Engineer
Red West   Composer
Mike Fonte   Programming
John Majkut   String Arrangements
Ian Christian Nickus   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ian Christain Nickus   Producer
Darrell Smith   Engineer

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