Review by Maria Glover for MPM
Troy Redfern has released his sixth album in 2 years and he shows no signs of letting up in his rise to prominence. In fact, many say it’s his best album to date, so I’m so excited to listen to “The Wings of Salvation”.
With a driving rhythm and an imposing presence, ‘Gasoline’ has a wonderful warmth and diaphanous depth. The vocals really stand out and they are divine. A tantalizing guitar solo and it’s an undeniably fantastic start to the new album which has whetted my appetite.
‘Sweet Carolina’ incorporates piano, keyboards, banjo and a load of guitar into a joyful bluesy 3 minute 53 second. The guitar solo is scintillating; I can’t find a better word that describes enough how much I love her. And the chorus has permeated my thoughts all day now. Think blues, glam and hard rock in a drop of heaven. It is a commercially acceptable southern rock floor filler.
“Come On” is a sublime example of blues-rock, with a punchy beat and a definitive catchy hook that will stick in my head for days. There’s a raw, organic feel to the track and the vocals draw you in with an intensity that’s exceptional. It’s almost tribal in strength and passion. I kinda like the T-Rex and I hear echoes here and there in this track.
‘Navajo’ is incredibly feel-good and uplifting, a breathless track with an authentic Wild West vibe. It’s evocative and powerful, the lyrics honest and profound.
Prepare to have your heart ripped out by “Mercy” in a slower song that retains strength and passion, and elicits a growl of lips as Redfern pours out her heart. The organ adds another dimension and this piece comes to life in front of me.
‘Dark Religion’ is darker, more sinister and full of suspense. It’s almost unsettling, but in the best way, as it simmers with menace throughout. The guitar work is clean and immaculate, the vocals inflamed with passion and emotion. A wonderfully dark and dark tale, it’s one of my songs on the album.
In stark contrast, “Profane” is frenetic, dizzying speed. This is the album that comes closest to the sound of previous albums.
There are a lot of topographies in “Down” and it takes a few listens to decipher everything. In a way, it’s a perfect, volatile blend of southern, blues, primal, and fast and furious, and new discoveries sprout with every listen.
‘Heart & Soul’ is an anthemic blues, pure, strong and uninhibited. The voices are hoarse, the whole song exquisite.
There’s a new slide guitar king about to be crowned and all competitors should beware. Redfern looks and sounds like a rock star in its purest form. Written in just 5 weeks and peppered with amplified slide guitar and lovely solos, I’m impressed.
Redfern’s slide guitar prowess is evident and he’s proven to be a talented and quirky performer to watch. In addition to the undeniable beauty of the guitar solos, the lyrics are evocative and the vocals suave and poignant.
List of tracks:
I can’t let go
Notable: Go, Dark Religion, Heart & Soul
Learn more at https://troyredfern.com/