Review: Robin Robinson

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Robin Robinson
“(copacetic) ”
(The Engine Company)

Of obscure origins, “copacetic” was in use by black musicians during the first decade of the twentieth century. The great black tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, famous as an on-screen Shirley Temple dance partner, certainly had a lot to do with its spread into popular language. This is all probably well known to this Robinson, a former Broadway performer.

This first-rate (that is, “copacetic) album delivers the joyful abandon that lends to dance thanks to a warm and punchy delivery of potent pop songs based in folk and country. She plays acoustic guitar with full band backup. Helping in the success of this album is production by Engine Company founder Blake Morgan (Lenny Kravitz, Patti Rothberg) and superior knob twiddling in masterful mastering by Phil “Butcher Bros.” Nicolo (Cypress Hill, Aerosmith, Billy Joel). Adding substance to tracks like “Boycrazy” is the background vocals, ably assisted by Patti Rothberg.