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Robin O'Brien

Eye and Storm

(Luxotone; US: 22 Apr 2008; UK: Available as import)

Robin O’Brien has an amiable and earnest voice. She plays acoustic guitar with nimble fingerings and writes engaging and sincere folk songs. There’s something warm and comforting about what she does, like a pair of flannel pajamas on cold night. Folk fans will enjoy the simple clarity and functionality of her art. O’Brien is adept at what she does. Her love songs and tunes about the earth resonate with heartfelt sentiment and emotions. She is a true exemplar of her art. But that’s also O’Brien’s biggest problem. Her music is somewhat generic and there is nothing distinctively beautiful, strange, or interesting about her work that will attract non-genre fans to her. Modern folk fans who enjoy, say Robin and Linda Williams, will like this disc. Others would do best to leave it alone.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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