What Lies Beneath

Repertoire Records
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11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Wish You Were Mine 4:01 1,474
2 What Lies Beneath 3:33 1,071
3 As You Watch Each City Fall (Part 1) 3:24 535
4 As You Watch Each City Fall (Part 2) 2:11 520
5 Freefall 3:04 984
6 Once The Spell Is Broken 4:55 693
7 Sleeping On The Moon 3:38 625
8 Time And Emotion 4:38 674
9 Skin And Bone 3:02 657
10 Buffalo Blues 4:55 719
11 Find A Place 4:50 559

About this album

Though Robin Trower found his greatest career success in the mid-’70s, his intensely soulful brand of Jimi Hendrix-inspired psychedelic blues-rock guitar playing helped him maintain a healthy audience decades past his commercial heyday. During his long career he worked with several different singers, most notably ex-Stone the Crows bassist James Dewar, who, along with drummer Bill Lordan, constituted the “classic” Robin Trower band lineup found on the legendary albums Live! and Bridge of Sighs. Surprisingly, however, Trower himself never assumed sole lead vocal duties until 2009’s What Lies Beneath. Fortunately, the veteran rocker was revealed to be possessed of wonderfully earthy, R&B-influenced pipes often reminiscent of J.J. Cale and Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler. On the majority of tracks, including highlights “Time and Emotion” and “Wish You Were Mine,” the London native favors a mellower, more ethereal approach that will please lovers of vintage fan favorites “Daydream” and “I Can’t Wait Much Longer.” That said, there are a few nods to Trower’s “Day of the Eagle”/”Too Rolling Stoned”-style power blues numbers of yore, especially on the viciously funky, Thin Lizzy-esque “Skin and Bone” and the muscular, hooky “Freefall.” As with the majority of Robin Trower’s catalog, however, the most striking feature about What Lies Beneath is the man’s utter mastery of electric guitar tone and phrasing. Though the vocals and songwriting are appealingly solid, it’s the deeply emotional warmth of Trower’s subtly magnificent Stratocaster work that will put listeners under the virtuoso axe slinger’s aural spell.

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  • mirrorball95

    Robin Trower is so criminally underrated, even to this day well into his sixties he continues to produce outstanding albums like this one. His vocals I think are very apt for the music and feel of the record. Livingstone Browne did a great job on the production and has come a long way since his days in the early 90s with Robin Trower on the '20th Century Blues' album.

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • astro_77

    I love this album, including all Robin's vocals. Rare and very worthwhile listening.

    20 Oct 2010 Reply

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