CD REVIEW: Robin Delorenzo - Walkin’ Miles in My Shoes
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"Delorenzo brings the mojo"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
R&B, Rocked-out Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Country
Weakness: A few winded Songs
Robin is a powerful Americana singer songwriter who sings from her soul, writes from her heart and puts it all out there for every performance. When Robin sings everyone listens. She has a special way of grabbing the entire room with her first breath and holding on to them with every story telling note, almost as if time is standing still. She is magnetic, engaging and a true talent. Robin has been favorably compared to Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner and Cher for her powerful vocals, emotional deliveries and passionate performance style. Her latest release “Walikng Miles in my Shoes” was released in 2014
The CD takes flight with “It Does Something” a slamming and upbeat, rocked-out guitar groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against slamming Organ, rocked out guitar against soulful vocal work from Delorenzo. Track 2 “IS This Love” downshifts a bit with its methodical Gospel Piano intro eventually lending itself into an impressive bluesy ballad that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Kudos goes out to Rob Paparozzi (Harmonica) on Track 2. Track 3, the title track keeps thing moving in the right direction with its steady flowing rhythm, hooky chorus, and heartfelt message. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid tracks in a row. I would classify this music as classic Rhythm and Blues, Soulful-Rock with elements of Singer/Songwriter and Country. Along the way you will notice impressive instrumentation with things like impressive solo guitar, Rockabilly style guitar, Organ, Saloon style Piano, Harmonica, Pedal Steel, Saxophone well placed harmonies all built upon a solid rhythm section to boot. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Now turning our attention over to Delorenzo as for her vocal abilities, it voice works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. She’s got a good look, a catchy mystique and knows how to sit deep within the pocket and sing a song with amazing vocal fluidity, and a lot of soul. Her voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with an infectious jagged edge. She’s got a good vibrato and impressive Mezzo Soprano to beet with much in the way of Power and finesse. The Songwriting is like an old pair of Blue Jeans world class, harmonies and melodies are well placed and well crafted. All the Engineering aspects are in check (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The Musicianship is world class and delivers everything you would expect from a Top-Tiered Country Production. The music reminds me of a combination between Shawn Colvin and Bonnie Rait. Other comparables for me include: Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams, Kim Carnes, Juice Newton, and Allison Krauss. I especially like the amazing solo segments throughout the CD – providing much in the way of musical variety. There are 1 guest vocal performances by Byron Crawford. All songs are well crafted and consistent across the board. From heartfelt “Just a Cheat” and “powerful Pink Ribbon Angels” to rocking “Instead of What You Said” to melodic “What Have I Have Done” to grooving “Broken Home” and “Hurt Me To” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “This Stage is Black” the perfect finale statement for an CD like this.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. The "You're' such a Coward" comment on Track 4 is a bit over the top . Let the lyrics and music do the talking.
From start to finish on “Walkin’ Miles in My Shoes” Delorenzo bring the mojo and is a barnburner release from start to finish. Let me go on record by saying this is the best Robin D yet! The music is grooving, upbeat, soulful and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Robin Delorenzo and her band are rock solid. The artistic presence from Delorenzo is impressive and her overall persona is something many folks should gravitate towards.