The opening song on this album, Never wanna let you go is a slickly produced and catchy pop tune that has deservedly found itself on the top 30 iTune downloads early this year- a drive time commercial radio playlist’s dream.
Robby X, a fellow Gold Coaster, has been in the music game as muse and songwriter for Australian country star Lee Kernaghan. Robby X’s musical career and talent goes way back to the days as the school girl in Lismore High’s legendary musical masterpieces playing the lead of Charity in Sweet Charity – when this cultural area was bountifully blessed with talented drama teachers. A graduate of the Conservatorium of Music, Robbie X has had a career recording voice overs for Australian product jingles and backing vocalist for many Australian touring artists.
12-track Obsession reads like a cocktail menu, titles such as; Sexy, Dirty Mind, Like Chocolate and Perfume. In fact this was created and ‘mixed’ with exotic drinks in mind. From her website Robbie X says that; “One of my favourite places in the world outside of Australia is the South of France. I remember laying on the beach, glass of pink Rosè in my hand, soaking up the sun and ambience of the cool DJ mix playing in the background… and it got me thinking what if I created some cocktails to match the style of the songs on my album.” A unique idea – a musical version of 50 Shades of Grey.
The seductively written songs by Robbie X are professionally produced, but I can’t help hoping, with all of the country music influence of her peers, including Kernaghan, that ‘Robyn McKelvie’ may find a country/blues road to travel to on her next album. With her vocal and songwriting talent, coupled with some entertainment industry worldly experience, an eager market is out there for an Australian version of Lucinda Williams.
Robby X who is an ambassador for The McGrath Foundation will be donating royalties from the sale of the single, Never Wanna Let You Go to assist the Foundation’s fundraising effort. You can check it out by visiting iTunes.