The stunning female singer Robin Beck is back! With a whole
bunch of great songs and together with one of my favourite
guitarists; Tommy Denander in the line-up. How can this fail? I
know Robin mostly as a giant 80's icon with her monster hit
'First Time'. Robin is married to James Christian (House of
Lords) and he has produced and mixed this new album. Their
daughter Liv Beck sings duet with Robin on 'Burnin' Me Down',
they are a genuine rock 'n' roll family!
Robin (born 1954) has a superb blend of various songs on
'Underneath' and her voice is still very, very strong. There is
no aging problem with her vocal chords. It kicks off with a
heavy rock track 'Wrecking Ball' with more groovy sound than I
expected. 'Ain't That Just Like Love' is a classic hard rock
song with melodic harmonies, catchy riffs and a steady and
secure vocal from Robin. An exciting and special song is
'Sprain', which is a little different song with a rattling and a
dirtier sound than on the other tracks on this album...
It alternates between modern pop/rock tracks like 'Check Your
Attitude', 'Catfight' and to very calm and touching ballads like
'Underneath', 'Burnin Me Down' and 'I Swear the Nights' to pure
hard rocking tracks like 'Perfect Storm', 'Ya Can't Fight Love'
and 'Follow You'.
I prefer the hard rock songs because there is a lot of guitar
candy to digest and Robin has a perfect rock tune in her voice.
The calm ballads are my wife's favourite songs, so the
favourites seem to be depending on what gender you belong to...
If the album had had faster rock songs, I would have given a
higher score! Extra credit for the great production, which helps
the rating up a bit.
Robin Beck - Lead/Backing Vocals
James Christian - Guitar, Bass, Keys, Backing
Jimi Bell - Guitar
Glen Burtnik - Guitar
Tommy Denander - Guitar
Jeff Batter - Bass
BJ Zampa - Drums
Liv Beck - Backing Vocals
Fiona - Backing Vocals