Velvet-Covered Brick

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Geez, and Aimee Mann thinks she has problems with the record industry. Coming out a mere six years after her debut single, Velvet-Covered Brick is (hopefully) the final version of Robin English's debut album. Released after a torturous process that included getting bounced by a major label's Nashville division because said debut single was lost in a corporate downsizing and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, plus an earlier version of the album that was released on Koch Entertainment's country imprint Aspirion as Robin English in 2006 with different cover art, some different mixes, and a couple of minor songs ("Hello Me" and "I'm Yours") that were left off this version. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Geez, and Aimee Mann thinks she has problems with the record industry. Coming out a mere six years after her debut single, Velvet-Covered Brick is (hopefully) the final version of Robin English's debut album. Released after a torturous process that included getting bounced by a major label's Nashville division because said debut single was lost in a corporate downsizing and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, plus an earlier version of the album that was released on Koch Entertainment's country imprint Aspirion as Robin English in 2006 with different cover art, some different mixes, and a couple of minor songs ("Hello Me" and "I'm Yours") that were left off this version. So finally, going the self-release and indie distribution route, Robin English finally has her debut album out. And it's...OK. English, who co-produced the album and wrote or co-wrote every song, is a pretty decent country songwriter with an eye for textural detail; "Baby You're the Man" and several other songs make direct reference to her east Texas roots in a fashion sure to please other Lone Star staters. She also has a better than average voice, with a particularly impressive low register, as she shows on the bluesy gospel tune "Mission of Mercy" and the sultry purr of "Wake Up Loving You." But those appealing elements are set against some fairly average tunes given a generally disinterested Nashville-style radio-ready gloss that tends to overpower the more unique, personal traits of English's lyrics and vocals. Put in a more stripped-down, live sounding setting (maybe even an actual live album!), Robin English and her songs would come across much better than they do here. Perhaps having finally gotten this project completed to her liking, she can move forward from here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Progression Music
  • UPC: 837101405522
  • Catalog Number: 552
  • Sales rank: 340,383

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin English Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Maracas, Tambourine, Hand Clapping, Egg Shaker, Harmony
Steve Conn Hammond Organ
Steven Herrman Guitar, Saxophone
Jim Horn Guitar, Saxophone
Wayne Killius Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Keyboards
Dave Mullins Bass
Brian Nelson Drums
Fred Newell Steel Guitar
Mark Prentice Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Cello, Viola
Rick Lonow Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shawn Simpson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Dow Tomlin Bass
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano, Keyboards
Gary Ishee Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gordon Vincent Harmony
Tammy Rogers King Mando
James J. Mitchell Drums
Joe Hand Bass
Jeff King Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Wayne Killius Programming
Roger Nichols Engineer, Mastering
Jamie Tate Engineer
Matt Andrews Engineer
Patsy Bruce Composer
Shawn Simpson Engineer
Robin English Composer, Producer
Kim McLean Composer
Gordon Vincent Composer
Joe Hand Producer, Engineer
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