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Robin Red: Robin Red
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Robin Red: Robin Red

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

So who is Robin Red? I had to put on my thinking cap and dust off my memory. Robin Ericsson is the vocalist for the Swedish rock band Degreed which has five albums to their credit, with a new one on the way. (Their 2015 album, Dead But Not Forgotten is the only album reviewed by Dangerdog Music Reviews.) Ericsson was also a top ten finisher in 2008's Swedish Idol. He's also had a long interest in doing a solo album. The self-titled Robin Red is his first effort and features H.E.A.T's Dave Dalone as producer, guitarist and co-songwriter.

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Robin Red

Essentially, Robin Red strays little from his melodic hard rock roots with his debut album. While the focus is upon his vocal talent, all the songs feature strong riffs, abundant rock rhythm and groove, and vibrant song melody and effective vocal harmony, with addition of catchy choruses and superb guitar solos. If you take together the sharp riffs and tough rhythym you might find that the songs have an assertive metal edge, but that's always been a compoment of Degreed as well.

You'll hear these things within Night Life, Don't Leave Me, or Living Dead. The AOR accessible nuance of rock groove and vocal harmony rises higher within Freedom and Midnight Rain, yet both rock out just the same. Living For is perhaps the closest song to a ballad as it features Red's voice over some sharper acoustic guitar. But the song displays characteristic common across the entire album: the expert and complimentary combination of strong vocal and guitar skills.

All said then, if you like melodic hard rock, offering both metal edge and AOR accessibiliy and then featuring exceptional vocals and strong guitar work, you will likely enjoy Robin Red's debut solo album. Recommended.




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The Take Away

If you like melodic hard rock, offering both metal edge and AOR accessibiliy and then featuring exceptional vocals and strong guitar work, you will likely enjoy Robin Red's debut solo album. Recommended.

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