Chris Robertson

Album Title: Here We Are
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Rock
Something that cannot be denied about Chris Robertson is that he's a great lyricist. With a complete lack of embarrassing couplets and equally embarrassing overwrought emotion, "Here We Are" is a solid listen from beginning to finish. There are no filler tracks, and while it isn't the most eclectic of albums, it doesn't reach a slump near the back end. In addition to lyrics and vocals, Robertson plays all the instruments featured on "Here We Are" with the exception of the violin. And though all of the songs on the 10-track album are good, there is one that stands out÷

"Pinion Pine"- the kind of track you leave on repeat for half the day. The song itself is very simple, featuring a haunting lap steel and bongos, but that's what makes it so strong, relying heavily on Robertson's vocals. It begins with what sounds like the drone of a television and leaps into some of the best lyrics on the album. "On the way from the lights and the unlucky/Moving through a counterfeit town/All the shell shocked smiles and concentration/Kept me up and wore me down". Emotional and drained, Robertson makes you believe it, capturing the essence of modern life and strife in less than five minutes. Worth the price of the album alone, "Pinion Pine" is an incredibly strong closing track in a world where the integrity of the last song is often disregarded.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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