||MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
(Her Majesty's Music/Cargo Records)
Release Date: 12th August
plus EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Brooklyn babe Robin Beck was in London recently to chat about her new splendid album 'Underneath' which is released on Her Majesty's Music/Cargo Records on August 12th in the UK and three days later worldwide.
MetalTalk's Mark Taylor got up close and personal with Robin and you can watch the interview below.
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Many rock fans first become aware of Robin Beck for the very first time when she had a number one hit with 'First Time' back in 1988, a track that was heavily featured in a Coca-Cola advertising campaign.
The resulting album, 'Trouble Or Nothin'' was a well crafted melodic rock masterpiece featuring the writing talents of hit makers Desmond Child and Holly Knight.
Her new album is a return to form that will please all rock lovers who hark back to the golden days of the hairy eighties. A flawless album that features a host of outside writers including a couple penned by Beck herself and a couple borrowed from her buddies in Fiona and Glen Burtnick.
Produced by her husband James Christian who also performs on the album, 'Underneath' kicks off in fine style with the smooth rocker 'Wrecking Ball'. Originally recorded by Fiona, 'Ain't That Just Like Love' is perfect fist raiser for those who like to sing to themselves into the mirror with a hair brush as a microphone.
'Sprain' has a neat grunge like guitar riff going on and is one of my favourites on this little AOR gem. 'Catfight' has a poppy glam style stomp to it, whilst 'Burning Me Down' is a heart string puller featuring a duet with Christian.
There are no duds on offer here, an album that flows and flourishes and has a feel good factor about it. There's nothing that tastes flat, Robin Beck still has plenty of fizz to offer. Feels like the very second time.