Monday, January 9, 2012

Melodic rock CD of the week

By Stephen Kasenda

ROBIN BECK “Trouble Or Nothing” (1989)

After a long and exhausting wait since her flop of a debut, "Sweet Talk" in 1979, Robin Beck finally rose to fame with the Coca-Cola commercial hit, "First Time" – which is featured on this album. Under the big name of Desmond Child and several cover songs, "Trouble Or Nothing" offers something more than mere popsicle hits - it qualifies as a gorgeous AOR record that let’s Beck’s beautiful voice shine.

Many songs to love here like "Don't Lose Any Sleep" - a melodically enticing mid-tempo rock, "Hide Your Heart" - an incredible rendition of a KISS track, "Save Up All Your Tears" - the sanctuary for the broken hearts, or even the heart-throbbing "Tears In The Rain" with trembling words that could probably make you cry.

There are no weak fillers on this album as every song has its own strength. With such a perfect voice, Robin should have been bigger. If you can read this now, then you're lucky because you're not missing a piece of information to the essential album in the history of rock diva. Big thumbs up!

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