Robin Grey is working his way up from being a â€œhidden treasure of the European undergroundâ€ with his breakthrough sophomore release, Strangers With Shoes. The wonder of Stoke Newington has compiled some beautiful and obviously poetic-based tracks for the troubadours and sun chasers of the world to use to feel whole again. Grey has always been a splendid storyteller, but heâ€™s outdone even himself this time around.
Itâ€™s only fair to mention for first time listeners that Robin pulled â€œI Love Leonard Cohenâ€ and â€œShakes And Shuddersâ€ from his 2008 EP (see the review here). Nevertheless, the theme of Strangers With Shoes is perfectly on key and a real thing of complete and utter beauty. The fancy and jingle-jangled â€œYounger Looking Skinâ€ is an obvious highlight because of its exceptional and rhythmic attitude. But, the spotlight tracks have to be the all new and superbly sweetened songs â€œThe Suitors of Ballyhooâ€ and the devilishly clever â€œNinety Daysâ€. Of Course, since Mr. Grey has never produced a poor song, each track is exceptional in itâ€™s on way.
An album like Strangers With Shoes is hard to come by these days. A true artist such as Robin Grey knows how to create a piece of art that is completely solid. Itâ€™s been almost three years since his debut album, Only The Missile. With only one EP released between that time and now, this album was obviously bred from a very well thought-out plan by a brilliant man. And from this hard work and dedication comes what can, in my opinion, already be considered one of the best albums of 2010.
Robin Grey: Ninety Days [mp3]
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Robin Grey: The Suitors Ballyhoo [mp3]
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1. Younger Looking Skin
2. Till Dawn
3. I Love Leonard Cohen
4. The Suitors of Ballyhoo
6. Shakes & Shudders
7. Ninety Days
8. Roses From Africa