With his obvious penchant for soundtracks, Deadly Avenger may soon follow his contemporaries, Paul Oakenfold and David Holmes, to Hollywood on the back of this entertaining album. Sounding like across between Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder, DJ Shadow and Chaser, Damon Baxter has crafted an album that seems to be a soundtrack to an imaginary movie. The influences draw from comic book super heroics, the sample from The Crow for example, and themes from 80s films like Scarface and Blade Runner. It is fair to say his tracks almost tell a story of their own. With some tracks produced by Howie B, just to polish that slightly retro synth sound, the album is a little more interesting than similar artists Rob Dougan or Craig Armstrong. Personally I find some of the tracks nearly step over the retro line and verge on being just plain naff, with the opening track ‘We took Pelham’ and the melodramatic ‘Love Songs’ being good examples of this. Other tracks though, such as ‘The Punisher’, ‘Lopez’ and ‘Deep Red’, are great and definitely redeem the weaker tracks on this album. Overall a good, unusual and entertaining CD ideal for anybody who is into 80s film soundtracks and wants a fresh approach but not in my eyes a classic.
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In agreement with the other reviews here. Although it's not a classic, Deep Red is fresher than most 'imaginary soundtracks' and is good enough to bear repeated plays. It will be interesting to see where Avenger goes from here.