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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

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Buriedfed
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The Debtor
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Woodfriend
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Who's Lauging?
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The Ongoing Debate Concerning Present vs Future
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My Good Luck
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Written Over
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Mountaineerd
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Above The Sun
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 43:21

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

08.15.08
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
2008 | Label: Say Hey Records / The Orchard

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's backstory — drugs, homelessness, debt, general nomad-ness — pads much of the discussion of his music. He's (understandably) pretty tired of it and although it's tempting to transpose his biography onto the rough n 'tumble themes of his self-titled debut, it's really the ragged, bright classic rock songs on Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson that should be getting all your attention. Throughout the record, folk-rock tropes (Dylan-esque double-time narration, simple three chord… read more »

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Very very good

willharrison

I'm extremely impressed by this album.

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interesting album

ljadams1

A friend recommended the song Buriedfed to me, and after listening, I had to get the whole album. I was not disappointed.

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Best Album in 2008

GriffithsDavid

This is a stunning album - my favorite in the last year.

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A pretty damn good album

pieterverwey

He should be huge. I'm sure next year this time he will be. Download the first song. Listen to it in full. Tell me he's not brilliant...

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is not your typical singer/songwriter, nor is his self-titled debut album your usual folky fare. Instead, the set is the sound of a man reaching the point of meltdown, shredding himself with his self-deprecating songs, while bashing his head against a wall. That may be a bit extreme, but it captures the intensity of this album and its immediacy; it somehow evokes a solo Johnny Thunders reeling around a stage in a drugged-out haze, crossed with a boozy Keith Richards strumming out tunes late at night on the road. Or an Irish wake attended by the dearly departed himself, and never more so than on “Buriedfed,” a rollicking daydream of Robinson’s own death and ensuing funeral, with an uplifting epitaph delivered on the hymn-like “Above the Sun.” Producer Chris Taylor provides the entire album with a live feel and plenty of atmosphere, with his Grizzly Bear bandmates Daniel Rossen and Chris Bear and TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone helping flesh out the sound. And that sound can reach grand proportions, as it does on the fiery “Woodfriend,” a stomping rocker with skittering guitar leads; “The Ongoing Debate Concerning Present vs. Future,” a downbeat hard rocker with proggy pretensions; and “The Debtor,” a shiny slab of ’60s-flavored British Invasion rock. However, even the more minimally arranged numbers, like the singalong “Written Over” and “Who’s Laughing?,” a song that slides from acoustic psychedelia into Stonesy rock, never sound bare. Yet, as enticing as the music is, it’s still just a backdrop for Robinson’s hard-lived vocals and lyrics that reflect his many wasted (in both senses of the word) years. And even as he’s “waiting on the sky to fall” and imagining death’s cool embrace, in the end the artist isn’t quite ready to leave this life yet, and salvages the set from being a total downer. – Jo-Ann Greene

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