|Robin George & Vix - 'You' (Angel Air Records)|
|Written by Dave Prince|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:00|
Whenever Vix Perks releases anything I'm there like a shot. So when news reached me about the collaboration between the lovely Vix and Robin George (Notorious) I knew that something special would soon playing to these ears...
First track up is a reworking of Fuzzbox's 'You' which Vix has said is the definitive version along with 'Your Loss Is My Gain' fair enough, but to these ears, they are very good but not the best...
Now for me the best part of this album are the new tracks, because I simply cannot get enough of Vix's voice. She could sing me a death certificate and I'd still love it. 'Guilty' is a slow blues workout, which totally suits her voice. Even Robin's lines can't take anything away from the velvet tones on offer.
'World' is another slow but groove-laden song asking, from the viewpoint of Mother Earth, what are we doing to the world? It's a good song melody-wise but the lyrics do feel forced.
With Robin singing more on 'Rock And A Hard Place' it breaks the album up nicely, with the lyrics depicting tough decisions yet to be made. The guitar work is something to mention as while it's understated, it is of the highest quality. 'Little Sister' is another blues ditty which, as we approach the middle of the album, is reminiscent of some old Buddy Holly tunes. Now 'Shall I Lie' is a funky little number with Vix back on lead vocals. This naturally for me is a grower and reminds of her time with Vix & the Kix. Which believe me is not a bad thing at all.
Now Vix's voice goes together heavenly with a acoustic guitar on 'Lovepower And Peace' and this is a true reflection of how amazing Robin and Vix are together. Up next is the Latin/flamenco influenced 'Seduction Song' and is another highlight.
'I Want' starts off with a great little riff and leads into a mid paced shuffle which with Robin on lead vocals for the first verse, Vix on lead during the second.
Coming now towards the end of the album, 'Take Away My Pain' draws heavily on a '50s/'60s sound but with so much emotion, it doesn't take anything from the aural pleasure this pairing gives to the listener. 'Don't Call Me' is the most Fuzzbox sounding song on here with its synths. Even the lyrics take a very Fuzzbox direction. For a comparison think Garbage mixed with Vix's luscious tones.
Now onto the two live tracks which were recorded during the mid '90s at the NIA by their band The Promise: first up is 'Bluesong' which as its title suggests is a blues song. Which for me is good, but not great. However 'Cry Wolf' is fantastic. It is an acoustic song of pure bliss.
So in summing up, this album is really good, but for me Vix's new album 'Live in the Studio' could be her best yet...
To pick up your copy of 'You' - CLICK HERE