Released: 2005, Frontiers/Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Robin Beck is mostly known to the masses for her song featured in Coca-Cola commercials (circa 1988), called “First time (a Coca-Cola theme tune)”—which became a massive hit worldwide. With that song, Robin was given a second chance in the business, and her album “Trouble Or Nnothing” is considered one of the best female-fronted melodic Hard Rock albums ever. Her last album came out in 1994, and since that time, she has worked as a background singer for David Bowie, Michael Bolton, Deep Purple and Cher, amongst others. She is presently married to House Of Lords vocalist James Christian, with whom she has a daughter.
But now it’s time for Robin to pursue her career anew, and I can inform you all that her amazing voice is intact after all these years. She brings along a bunch of experienced musicians with her on this album—Fabrizio on bass, who also produced. As always, he has done a fabulous job—I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a bad production by Fabrizio.
Fabrizio does what he does best: he delivers a melodic and well balanced production with a lot of space for both lead vocals and guitars, as well as for the background vocals (performed by James Christian and Lisa Dalbello).
The music really IS melodic Hard Rock, just like the bio says. I always gets happy when I hear that the artist hasn’t used any keyboards, and so also this time. DO YOU MISS ME contains 12 songs, though it doesn’t look like she is writing her own material any longer—both Desmond Child and, believe it or not, Michael Bolton have contributed to the album. And of course are most, not to say all, of the songs are about the old and boring love theme. But if the lyrics have dragged down the rating, it became status quo when it comes to the music. Robin brings us both melodic hardrock as well as melodic rock and ballads.
The melodic hardrock tracks are “Do you miss me”, “Your love is tough”, “What about us” and “Bring it back”. When it comes to the more melodic rock we have “Walk on the moon”, “Stone by stone” and “Takin’ a ride”. The ballads are represented by the up-tempo ones in “The safest place (I wanna be strong” and the pure ballad “I wanna hear it from you”.
If you’re into the more melodic hardrock and rock music I’m sure you’re going to appreciate Robin Beck’s latest effort.
If only this had a better cover… The current one says nothing about the contents of this album. A few non-love oriented tracks, and perhaps fewer songs in general, and this album would have been a definite high-score purchase; but as it is now, I have to rate it somewhere in the middle. But that doesn’t take away the fact that Robin has given us a great album, with competent musicians, and amazing vocals.