"Rock Widow" Review for StoneWall Society
By Scott Free Artists On Art Series
ROBERT URBAN, a leader in today’s burgeoning New York queer music
straight world of rock & roll. But ‘Rock Widow’ also refers to
Robert’s view on the state of rock today. This CD is solidly grounded in the
progressive rock of the 1970’s, complete with rolling r’s and keyboard
arpeggios. It is a grandiose style, yes, and one that is rarely heard today, but
its grounded lyrics and careful production make the CD touching, compelling, and
human. And, although progressive rock and jazz are its starting points,
Robert’s ability to write brilliant pop hooks makes this a timeless CD.
Shining moments of brilliance are discovered in segues, bridges, and even song
fade-outs. Each song is meticulously crafted, which shows a love and respect for
the music. This is a masterpiece of intricacies, a bouquet of sonic compassion.
The highlight of the CD is the triumphant ‘Ode to Central Park’, a musical tribute to the anonymous sexual encounters in the core of Manhattan Island that have continued unending for centuries. This gem, soon to be a queer classic, is treated with utmost reverence, a musical homage to desire which crescendos to an emotional climax.
One of the most interesting additions to the CD was the inclusion of two songs written by Charles Ives, ‘The Cage’, and ‘Serenity’. Robert’s handling of these two completely unique songs shows the mastery of his art – his ability to bring out the right emotion through careful instrumentation and production.
This is also very much a gay rock album. From the sensuality of ‘Ode to Central Park’ to the political activism of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, this explores the wide spectrum that is queer music. It is a triumphantly out album – a coming out of rock’s closet.
This impeccably produced CD was done in Robert’s own Urban Productions recording studio, where queer musicians Yolanda, Marshal Zarne, and Rainbow Flava have recorded their music.
With radio’s obsession with boy bands and forced rap, you may have forgotten the joys of the power-rock anthems. When done correctly, as ‘Rock Widow’ is, it is thrilling.
ROCK WIDOW's release date is March 25th, 2003 and will be available first at www.cdbaby.com
More info at www.roberturban.com
- StoneWall Society review by SCOTT FREE www.scottfree.net
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