Note: This review originally ran in the Illinois Entertainer in November, 2007.
After scaring their fans with the slow-moving EP, The Wall To Wall Sessions, earlier this year, The Redwalls now have a bona fide successor to their 2004 breakout, De Nova. The energetic self-titled CD finds the Chicago band pursuing more ambitious songwriting. As on their previous full-length efforts, De Nova and Universal Blues, there’s an emphasis on strong melodies and harmony vocals.
The catchy “Put Us Down” and “Don’t You Wanna Come Out” exhibit a power pop expertise while “Summer Romance” is a Celtic flavored love song. “Hangman” features Justin Baren’s house-shaking bass playing, and a sinister mood that’s explored further with “Into The Maelstrom,” a sort of pop take on Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” The hard-edged sci-fi fantasy of “They Are Among Us” and the lush, Hollies style ballad “You Can’t Forget Yourself” add even more dimension to a CD that should put The Redwalls back in limelight again.