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ALBUM REVIEW

Robert Frith
SELF-TITLED
©2009 T-Vel Records
Review by Lucky Boyd

From the opening cut, Robert Frith reminds you why he’s a recipient of the Texas Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year Award. Frith’s Texas influence on rock rhythms places him in a class by himself. The album jumps with “Law Dog” and “Miss Saturday Night” which will get your toes tapping. Frith reprises his 2005 TMA performance with “I Can’t Go To Mexico” and that’s just the first three cuts of this baker’s dozen gem. The instrumentation is classic Frith, using every perfectly subtle opportunity to orchestrate each track as if it was the focus of the entire album. Frith’s voice is distinct and Texas music fans know Robert instantly when they hear him. Destined to be remembered as one of the greats in Texas music, Robert Frith offers his best work to date. The writing is solid as Frith co-writes about half the album and pens the rest himself. “Just Like That” is an uplifting anthem of hope for those in love. “Ain’t No Big Thing” brings out the rocker in Frith and includes one of his signature licks. We call it a cliffhanger. It’s where the music comes to an abrupt stop except for one instrument. Frith is a master of the technique. “King Crab” takes you a little East of Frith’s home to the sounds of Southern Louisiana. You know what that means… it’s rockin’ Cajun time. Acoustic Blues are the order on “Rainwater” and “Diamond In The Rough.” Frith is masterful, crossing genre lines as smoothly as a highway lane change. Robert wears his Country hat on “More Everyday” and rounds out the album with a pensive folk song that places a perfectly-tied bow on this gift to the Texas music scene.

 

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