ARTIST:

COCK ROBIN

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

HOMO ALIEN

(2021)
LABEL:

VERYCORDS

GENRE:

POP

/ ROCK
TAGS:
80's, Electro, Female vocals, Intimist, Low vocals, Melancholic, Old School
"Cock Robin's seventh album, a rather dark rock record enriched by the captivating voices of Coralie Vuillemin and Peter Kingsbery, is a big surprise with worked compositions, maybe the best album of the Franco-American band to date."
ADRIANSTORK (05.11.2021)  
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Sole master on board of the Cock Robin ship, Peter Kingsbery had succeeded with "Chinese Driver" in making an extraordinary comeback without Anna LaCazio, the female voice that had illuminated the best 80's hits of the band. The previous album focused on heady melodies, some of which flirted with other genres (rock, rap, electro). For its seventh album ''Homo Alien'', Cock Robin, from now on quartet, is going to push the limits again.

From the first seconds, we become aware of the leap between this album and the previous one as well as on all the 80's heritage. "Homo Alien" deploys dark atmospheres, its compositions are much more detailed and the electric guitars of Peter Kingsbery and Stéphane Bonacci are very solicited. Didier Strub's light drumming brings an airy aspect to the tracks ('Trending') or on the contrary allows him to hammer relentlessly. Whereas on the previous album, the female voice was mainly reserved for the chorus, Coralie Vuillemin (who also plays keyboards) takes her flight here. The young woman does not only accompany Peter but serves as a perfect female complement as Anna was before, but with more power. Her powerful timbre and her high voice allow her to assure also some high-flying solo vocal parts ('Great Divide', 'Romance Without Pain' and the eponymous track she co-wrote, on which she stands out vocally like a Charlotte Wessels). The alternation between the two voices is smooth. The impact of Peter Kingsbery's vocals on our ears is intact, still as magnetic as ever, he manages to amaze us in the manner of a David Bowie or a Midge Ure on more stripped down solo formats ('Let Us Know Where You Are', 'Merry As We Go', 'Watering The Roots').

Peter Kingsbery is a real sponge. The singer has often accompanied musicians of all kinds (Kent, Pat Mastelotto...) which allowed him to open his musical horizons. In addition to the more rock colors of the record, we can hear in 'Bodies On A Bed Sheet' something leaning towards the rock opera and electro sounds show that Peter Kingsbery has no desire to play on retro sounds. The only drawback is that the album is very emotionally charged and its long duration requires several listenings in order to master the plan of this exciting labyrinth of styles.

By constantly pushing the limits, Cock Robin has just proven that he is a very modern band and that his 80's heritage is well behind him. Peter Kingsbery's voice is as powerful and emotionally charged as ever, as if he had discovered the secret to eternal youth. As for Coralie Vuillemin, the young Doubiste managed to make Anna LaCazio forget her. Finally, we have here perhaps the best album of the Franco-American group to date.


More informations on https://www.facebook.com/cockrobinofficial/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Bodies On A Bed Sheet - 3:24
02. Great Divide - 3:22
03. Lasso - 4:11
04. Landing In Mad - 1:33
05. Merry As We Go - 3:45
06. Romance Without Pain - 3:17
07. Hotel Light - 4:09
08. Homo Alien - 3:25
09. Fork In The Road - 3:59
10. Let Us Know Where You Are - 3:47
11. Captain Courageous - 4:16
12. Watering The Roots - 4:05
13. Cookie Cutter Cadence - 2:35
14. Trending - 4:02

LINEUP:
Coralie Vuillemin: Chant / Claviers
Didier Strub: Batterie
Peter Kingsbery: Chant / Basse / Claviers / Percussions
Stephane Bonacci: Guitares
   
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Mon dieu, le meilleur album de Cock Robin vraiment ? Franchement, l'album n'a plus grand chose à voir avec les ceux qui nous avaient enchantés au milieu des années 80. Les compositions sont moyennes, pas une pour relever l'autre, le mixage est quelconque, même le chant ne suscite guère d'émotions. Quelle tristesse...
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