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Robin James - Saint Jude PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TK   

There is no doubt that Robin James won't appeal to everyone.  However, it is the variety of tastes in this world which makes it an interesting place.

And whether your favourite type of coffee is a latte or a flat white, you will definately enjoy the quality of coffee beans on offer here.

The first thing that strikes you is the subtle nature of the vocals.  The beauty of James' voice also strikes you, almost passing as a girls' voice.  Finally, the non-use of computers in the production of the album compels you to pay close attention to the meaningful lyrics, metamorphising you into James' head.

Opening track "St Jude" is the stand-out on the album, featuring the odd lyrics:  "I said a prayer to St Jude, the patron saint of a hopeless cause, I said hey Jude, na na na na na nana".  The more upbeat "Rag Doll Girl" also appeals.

There are no show stoppers here.  But the stunning vocals are enough to make a listen rewardable.  Likewise, you ought to give it some time to "grow on you"


Label:  Toe Rag Studios
Release Date:  30 November 2009
Website:  www.songsofrobinjames.com



Featured Album of the Week

VA – Smoove pres: MO’ RECORD KICKS: Act II


This latest collection from label Record Kicks is easy on the ear.

If it doesn’t have you dreaming of better days in the snap of a second, there is something wrong with you. This record is an aphrodisiac for the modern workplace.

From "The Young Patter" by the Baker Brothers and "Prophets Bound to Christ" by William Joseph Fowler & the Disciples, DJ Smoove mixes up a storm on record Act II. With the types of sounds that would be at home at a funk club in the funkiest of cities in the funkiest of countries, there is no denying that DJ Smoove is, for want of a better description, a cool cat.

A particularly favourite track of this reviewer is "Rags to Riches" by the Liberators, a fresh afro-funk act hailing from Sydney, Australia. The track is so rich with the sounds of Africa, it is a wonder it was not produced in, ummm, Africa.

The Diplomats of Solid Sound have been on my radar for a while, and so have Lack of Afro. So it does not surprise me that the Lack of Afro remix of the Diplomat’s tune "Give Me One More Chance", is an outright classic.

Similarly to a lot of the new releases from the team at label Record Kicks, this is highly recommended!

Label: Record Kicks 


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