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Album: Walkin' Miles in my Shoes
Genre: Swamp Rock - Country
Buy Music:CD Baby
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Rating:9 out of 10 stars
Edited by: Heather Savage
Review Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twelve soulful, evocative & truthful songs written & sung by an undeniably talented artist.
True to her Americana roots, DeLorenzo offers up a little country, blues, rock, bluegrass
reggae & soul. She stirs every emotion and delivers a powerful punch!.....CD Baby.
There is something special about being a successful independent artist. You never have to conform to the latest trends, you can play
whatever you want without the worries of genre confinement. Best of all, most of your supporting band members work for you because
they want to, not because they are getting paid. This freedom can lead to some interesting combinations of music on a single release.
Robin DeLorenzo's latest offering is a classic example. She starts off the album with a fantastic swamp boogie song which is smokin' hot then follows this
barn burner with a slow to medium pop tune. This would be like running a 440 yard dash and jumping into bed after you cross the finish line.
This kind of mixture would only happen from an indie artist. Good or bad, I will let the listeners decide.
In the Studio
One of my personal suggestions to all indie artists has been to open your album with your best three songs. Even if this disrupts the energy
of the whole album. You have to put your best feet forward right out of the box. As an indie artist you are not very well known and reviewers
and A&R reps usually have made up their collective minds
about the direction and style of the CD within those first 3 songs. Robin came close in this test because
"It Does Something" (the lead song on the album) was the best song on the CD and the title track was number 3.
I give her high marks for putting at least one foot forward with 2 good songs out of the lead three.
In a music business dominated by female vocalists Robin's voice still stands out from a vast wasteland of sound alike vocalists.
She has been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt so she is in great company with those comparisions.
Song highlights include the opening track as well as another rocker What Have I Done
plus the sad ballad Pink Ribbon Angels
about the fight against cancer. Pink Ribbon Angels is lyrically the most compelling
song on the CD. It will touch your heart and give you the lump in the throat which all good ballads do.
Nothing like going into the studio with an all-star cast of players. Not only does Robin have a solid five piece band, she also has a laundry list of additional musicians
to round out this collection of experienced players
Recorded at Jankland Recording under the musicial direction of Andy Huenerberg. The sound quality is nothing short of what you would expect from a veteran team of players
and an experienced studio assembly. The instruments are well placed in the sound stage with close attention to the vocals remaining solid in the center. The vocals were not overly produced
or drenched in reverb and other effects. The vocals were very throaty and pure. I especially like the tone guitarist George Naha was able to dial up.
His sound was very single coil with what sounded like a tube amp driven to the point of compression for the swamp boggie tunes.
On the softer arrangement he would dial down for a cleaner tone.
The addition of violins and a Cello on "Pink Ribbon Angles" was very well structured as many string instruments present issues in the studio
because their instruments need to breath in order to sound real. The string instuments sounded alive as if they would jump off the speakers
at any moment.
/ 1. It Does Something (feat. Manny Charlton)
/ 2. Is This Love
/ 3. Walkin' Miles in My Shoes
/ 4. Out of My Head
/ 5. Just a Cheat (feat. Byron Smith)
/ 6. Instead of What You Said (feat. Rob Paparozzi)
/ 7. What Have I Done
/ 8. Pink Ribbon Angels (feat. New Retro Strings)
/ 9. Broken Home
/ 10. Hurt Me Too (feat. Rob Paparozzi)
/ 11. Didn't Say Goodbye
/ 12. This Stage Is Black /
I have been a fan of Robin DeLorenzo for a couple years now. In a music world where you have heard every voice out there Robin still
has that something to set her apart from the crowd. Within seconds of hearing her sing you can recognize her voice. She's not the typical "sounds like" artist.
She has assembled an amazing cast of players and the music was very listenable. No ego's in the studio as everyone played to the singer.
Review by: Charlie Harrelson
My only negative comment has to do with some of the songs lyrics. Sometimes the right word for a lyric may not rhyme. On a couple songs Robin seemed to look for the
perfect rhyme and not the perfect word or sentence. My suggestion would be to listen to Billy Joel's "She's Always a Women to Me" and "Piano Man."
Yes, some lines on both songs did rhyme but
not enough to notice. Both songs should be text book reading for song writers lookng for direction.
Other than that, this was a wonderful listening experience. I have to give this CD a 9 out of 10 stars.
Edited by: Heather Savage
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