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Davina Robinson - The Blazing Heart

The Blazing Heart

Davina Robinson

Plum Wine -DLR01

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Interesting 4-cut CD EP. Starts as a cop on early Mother's Finest (funk), moves on to heavy anthemic hard rock, transforms into a very righteously built-up impassioned chartburner, then closes in a techno'ed rocker, all of them kicked into blazing life by a tight studio unit in Japan. Davina Robinson styles herself as "the rock and roll soul chick", and it's not a misnomer. The Blazing Heart's emphasis is on chartability but the weight of truly musical elements intelligently wrought and fierily delivered is what puts the kiss in the ensemble's kick. Conversations in my Head is the stand-out track, solidly crafted from start to finish, with a great refrain, not a hook precisely but a catchy set of measures around which the remainder of the tune serves as flowing narrative. Guitarist Taichi Tamura tosses an arresting leadline in the middle, taking the song to its zenith without stealing the light. Robinson jumps into Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy (Mother's Finest) territory on Making Love to Your Girlfriend, and producer-guitarist Osamu Mochinaga provides the Gary "Moses Mo" Moore (no, not that Gary Moore) axe. For some reason, the keyboardist(s) goes uncreditted but he, she, or they put in some choice backgrounds and fills, rounding out a very full sound and atmosphere. This is prime radio rock, unashamedly so, proudly admitted to in the promo lit and in person, harking back to the Headpins, Cars, latterday Chilliwack, and Journey. Astoundingly, Robinson wrote everything here. Do we finally have a woman who can create authentic pulse-pounding rock without reverting to endless simplistic cliches? (Whoops! Sorry if I offended there, Lita Ford.) I think so.

Track List:

  • Making Love to Your Girlfriend
  • Never Good Enough
  • Conversations in my Head
  • Keeping Me Sane
All songs written by Davina Robinson.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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