Friday, March 6, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: ROBIN BANKS - MODERN CLASSIC
The secret weapon here, and what's perhaps even more impressive than her vocal chops, is her songwriting. Jumping effortlessly from style to style, Banks hits each retro button bang-on. Some Day Soon is small combo jazz that swings up a storm, with such a spark you just tipped the cigarette girl five bucks. I'll Meet You There takes us into 70's Memphis soul, as the horns channel the Hi guys. A Man Is Just A Man is a fun mash-up of styles not unlike what Nick Lowe does to 50's sounds, with an equally-clever lyric: "Much like a bus, another one will be right along." This is sophisticated, fun and expertly performed by all.