Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Review: Davina Robinson
Davina Robinson - Black Rock Warrior Queen (BSMF Records)
Davina Robinson describes her style as “Powerhouse Rock n’ Roll Soul”, and she’ll get no argument from me. She rips through her debut long-player like a women possessed, hitting every note with attitude and delivering plentiful blues-rock thrills. Her debut EP from 2008 promised much, but it’s taken three long years for an album to materialize, and the results now speak for themselves. Robinson sounds like she’s been liberated, as she tells her tales of adversity, defiance and plentiful good times and throughout, her band pull out all the stops, with a succession of killer riffs and classic rock motifs.
The best songs here all deserve your attention. “Osaka Boys”, the single, opens the record with amped up glam guitars, and allows an early opportunity for Robinson to strut. It’s sexy as hell, too – especially, I imagine, if you’re an Osaka boy. “When Is My Birthday?” is just as vivacious, and the answer to the question is “whenever you want it to be”. They’re both amazing tracks, but are just shaded by “Funky Chick”, a true statement of being, made only more forceful by a band fully in tune with the message. Just perfect.