Artist: Robin Beck
make you way in the mainly male orientated world of Melodic / Hard Rock,
a female artist has to be strong, and to be still around after some 30
years takes a rather special person, and Robin Beck
is such a person.
is Robin's latest album and without a doubt one of her finest to
date. The album is produced by husband James Christian, who also
duets with Robin on one of the tracks.
well as James we see a couple of House Of Lords regulars, BJ Zamba and
Jimi Bell, as well as melodic rock stalwart Tommy Denander, all of whom
join Robin on this one, while keeping things in the family, we see James
and Robin’s daughter Liv Beck laying down some backing vocals.
this album Robin has sought some of the finest songwriters in the
business to submit material for ‘Underneath’ and the result I have
to say makes for a very, very good album and a very diverse one at that.
get underway with ‘Wrecking Ball’, a great slice of Hard Rock to
propel the album in the right direction. That same Hard Rock vibe
is continued with the impressive ‘Aint That Just Like Love’, which
you can tell was penned in part by Fiona. It has that 80’s rock
feel but without the polish of the era. It has a great edginess to
the guitar sound that gives it that modern Melodic Rock feel.
of modern edginess, one track that ticked all the boxes for me is the
fantastic ‘Sprain’, this is Robin at her angsty best. Then
it's time to bring the tempo down for the stunning ballad and title
tempo is picked up once again with another great slice of modern rock
with ‘Catfight’ and the stomping ‘Check Your Attitude’, another
track on which Robin could show off some great angsty vocals, (look out
Avril Lavigne there as new skater chick in town!), before it's back to
the melodic power infused ballads with the smouldering tones of
‘Burnin Me Down’, on which Robin duets with husband James..
hard rock comes back with a bang with another of my favourite tracks off
the album ‘Perfect Storm’. This song has to be played loud and
proud, so you can really feel it through to your bones.
great slice of modern melody rich rock has to be the groove filled ‘Ya
Can’t Fight Love’, before another stunning ballad ‘I Swear The
Nights’. Then this fantastic album closes as it started, with a
great rocker in ‘Follow You’. This one caps off one of the
best Robin Beck albums of all time and there have been some
corkers. This one ranks up there with some of the best in the
genre this year.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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