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Robinson The Awakening 2003
After his debut album Refuge, George Robinson now has a new
album called “The Awakening”. The style of George has remained
the same, fingerstyle guitar with some new age music, and
jazz, that he knows to create in elate melodies. The first
track is called “Mystic Journey” full of arpeggios and a deep
bass line. “The Calling” has a great melody line in a staccato
way played. “Recurring Dream” is as all George his compositions
reflect a solace feeling. ”Book of Secrets” has a good structure
and is well-balanced and uplifting. “Island Song”, you feel
the atmosphere of the sea and the rustling of palm trees.
“The Awakening” the title track brings mystery and feelings
of hope together. George Robinson has a very unique way of
playing the guitar, which you immediately recognize, by his
arpeggio playing techniques and his staccato playing style.
The music is reflecting and intimate and has a challenging
character. Audio files are available on his site.
Henk te Veldhuis
"The Awakening" is Portland, Oregon-based guitarist George
Robinson's second solo acoustic release. Robinson uses a hybrid
nylon string guitar with some modeling techniques to achieve
what is a unique sound. Robinson's music takes a while to
grow on you, because the songs are deliberately slow and introspective.
I found myself needing to listen repeatedly to pick up the
feeling, but once I took the time, I sensed the calm he is
trying to communicate. By varying a contrapuntal bass line
with the melody, he is able to weave a stable texture to each
song. While most of the cuts like "Mystic Journey", "Recurring
Dream", and "The Calling" all take you for a leisurely stroll,
"Book of Secrets" picks up the pace, and here Robinson allows
the melody to drive more than float along. This is the high
mark of the CD. This isn't a recording of soaring, mind-blowing
licks on solo guitar. But if you're looking for something
great in the background on a breezy Sunday afternoon, it delivers.
© Kirk Albrecht
7th, Short Takes, November/December 2003