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Westworld

Westworld

Review by Brian Angotti

Westworld started out as a side project, but has quickly become a highly acclaimed musical act. Westworld's debut album, simply titled Westworld, is a great new rock-n-roll album for the new millennium.

Westworld came to life with brilliance by four New Yorkers Tony Harnell (TNT vocalist), Mark Reale (RIOT guitarist), Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger bassist), and John O'Rielly (Rainbow Drummer). With a lineup like this it is easily seen that this will soon become not just a side project but a super group. Look for Westworld on tour this winter.

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Track by Track Review
Illusions
This lead in track starts off with keyboards, but just when you think this is going to be soft, Westworld kicks you in the face with a guitar driven rock song.
I Belong
A very catchy melodic track, this one is definitely geared for radio.
Pigeon Hole
One of the weaker songs on this album, Pigeon Hole lacks that get-up-and-go that most of the other cuts have.
Heart Song
The first ballad on the album, the band does it well..At a live show, the place is going to be lit up with lighters during this one.
Little Voices
A mid-tempo rocker with a great arrangement,. Little Voices proves Westworld isn't just a bunch of guys, but a bunch of great musicians.
Bring the Water To Me
This is an excellent track. It starts off slow, but slams into overdrive. Bring the Water To Me really flaunts what great songwriters this band has.
Love You Insane
A great rocker with powerful vocals, this track shows the musical diversity in this group.
Shame
In my opinion this song, a heartfelt number with awesome guitar riffs, is the best cut on the disc.
Ivory Towers
Although this one contains superior guitar work, it seems to be a bit short on emotion.
Suicide
An acoustic guitar number this one contains touching lyrics comparing love to suicide. "Love is suicide, But I love the ride, If there's room for two, I wanna be with you."
 
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