CD REVIEW: Robin DeLorenzo - Wanna Fly
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rock, Power Pop, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Taylor Dane, Tina Turner, Melissa Etheridge
Technical Grade: 10/10
Genera Identity Crisis
New Jersey based Singer/Songwriter/Robin DeLorenzo just released her debut CD entitled “Wanna Fly” in December 2011.
The CD kicks things off with the title track “I’d Change for You” a dynamic yet catchy intro piece that serves up hip hop type rhythm against hard rock guitar accents & passionate vocals from DeLorenzo. Track 2 “Wanna Fly” serves up a slow moving blues rock ditty with impressive piano, solo guitar chops & heartfelt vocals making for an impressive follow up groove. Track 3 “Soul Fire” shifts gears a bit with slow moving acoustic guitar groove that combines the perfect balance of rock, blues & even folk. The CD gets off the ground solidly serving up 3 hot tracks in a row. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic musical acts as Bonnie Rait, Taylor Dayne & Melissa Etheridge. The music itself combines classic elements of bluesy-rock with an aftertaste of R&B, country & even power pop. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere from harmonica, piano, horn sections, Hammond Organ & keyboard chops, sizzling solo, impressive slide guitar work, piano & lush harmonies layered everywhere. The CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive songwriting, world class instrumentation via an impressive vocal delivery from DeLorenzo. Zeroing in now on DeLorenzo’s voice: it goes down smooth but has a classic raspy jagged edge to it, reminiscent of such singers Tina Turner, & Janis Joplin. She's got mojo & makes the vital (singer to listener) emotional connection with her vocals & charisma. From uplifting “Sunshine” to heartfelt “Middle of the Day” to grooving “Take a Piece of Me” & Screw U” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Not for All the Money” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
A few of the tracks suffer from genera identity crisis combining elements of Hip Hop, Power Pop, Chill, Rock, Latin, Country & Folk thus spreading these songs way to thin. The best songs keep it in the fairway. I really don’t like how Track 4 ”Sunshine” Fades out.
From start to finish it's hard to find any solid weaknesses with “Wanna Fly” by Robin DeLorenzo. This CD showcases some fresh new music from New Jersey. It's an impressive catalogue of music that's easy to groove to, highly original, uplifting, & extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t a weak piece on this entire 9 song catalogue. All pieces are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing its own signature groove, & musical personality to call its own. The writing & playing abilities of this band are rock solid & the melodies & harmonies are well crafted, The lyrical content is mesmerizing, & last but not least the vocal presence from Robin DeLorenzo is simply infectious. It’s obvious she’s just letting all hang out musically by being herself. This is why people can't help but like her - just the way I did.