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"Westworld" (Spitfire; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Westworld's self-titled debut is a well-done collection of melodic rock'n'roll songs, such as bands like TNT, Danger Danger and Riot might release. There's a solid reason for that: the band is made up of former members of those bands, with John O'Reilly (Blackmore's Night) on drums. (No, the CD doesn't sound much like Blackmore's Night; "Westworld" isn't nearly as dark).

Fans of melodic rock that's a little harder than Journey but not quite as simplistically head-banging as Quiet Riot will like the solid yet easily accessible rock on "Westworld" just to their liking. There may be nothing new here, but that's at least partly the point and, thankfully, the CD isn't pure retro either. There's a nice balance here between old school party metal and modern day grunge.

Westworld: Tony Harnell - lead and harmony vocals; Mark Reale - all electric and acoustic guitars; Bruno Ravel - bass guitar; John O'Reilly - drums and percussion. The CD features many guests artists as well, the most notable of whom is legendary heavy metal violinist Mark Wood with his electric "Viper" violin.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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