Artist: Brian Lee Robinson

Album: Written With Blood

Genre: Country, singer/songwriter

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Brian Lee, an experienced songwriter and singer has come out with another album this year, and “Written With Blood” draws heavy influences from his life experiences. The entire album is almost as if it is a diary of his emotional journey through the ups and downs of his colorful life.

The entire country album has a home grown, and personal touch to it that really gets straight to the point and drives the experience of the writer through to the listener. The guitar sounds bland at some points, and the vocals could definitely use some refinement, but overall, this album is full of relatable and soul touching stories that are worth a listen.

Track Rating
That Old Cat ★★★☆☆
Understand The Pain ★★★☆☆
Different Shades of Gray ★★★½☆
Don’t Hold Your Breath ★★★☆☆
Rainbows By Now ★★½☆☆
Trash is Trash ★★★☆☆
What Did You Do To The Rain ★★½☆☆
Divorce Is A Wonderful Thing ★★½☆☆
The Passion ★★½☆☆
I Think About Leaving ★★★☆☆
Across The Hands of Time ★★★½☆
Written With Blood ★★★½☆

 1.      That Old Cat

This is a song about a cat. Yes, a cat. But what makes it special? The depth of feeling and passion that goes behind the lyrics and shines through in the vocal really leaves a pang. All of the emotions that come from losing a dear friend arrive in a rush in this number.

2. Understand The Pain

This song could have benefitted from better vocals. Again, as with his other songs, he paints a clear picture of all the confusion and pain that goes along with a broken relationship.

3.      Different Shades of Gray

There is no lack of originality with this artist. With this track, he again speaks of something that everyone feels at some point or the other. However, being relatable can only take a song so far. It lacks the punch that could have carried this song from mediocre to good.

 4.Don’t Hold Your Breath

The vocals continue to be unimpressive, but the lyrics speak of something close to the heart and it manages to stay in your mind long after the song has finished playing.

 5.      Rainbows By Now

Generic within the mold of this album, it sounds quite like the others. It carries the weight of hopelessness on its shoulders, while he says she should have given up on her dreams of metaphorical rainbows and leprechaun gold by now. At this point in the album, the listener just might decide to give up on the album.

 6.      Trash is Trash

The vocals have improved slightly in this one, but there’s still a long way to go. The guitar and the lyrics lift this one out of the shadows.

 7.      What Did You Do To The Rain

Half way through this song, you start to wonder if he was sober when he recorded it. Is that the effect he was looking for? It would certainly match the heart broken theme. Again, kudos on expressing it well in lyrics, but poor delivery detracts from it.

 8.      Divorce Is A Wonderful Thing

Loss, outweighed by the freedom that rose out of the ashes of a broken relationship; this track has what it takes to stir up emotions and also provide consolation if it is needed.

 9.      The Passion

You’d expect more passion in a song that has this title. There’s so much potential in this one, and the lyrics – as expressive and deep reaching as always!

 10.  I Think About Leaving

Just when you think there’s no more to this album, the artist catches you by surprise and gives you a song that has a different air than the rest! It works well, and brings an interesting portrayal of internal conflict.

 11.  Across The Hands Time

So much pain in one song! Beautiful, and touching, this track does not ask for respect, it claims it.

 12.  Written With Blood

A track written from the heart about writing from the heart ends this album nicely. Brian Lee Robinson is definitely a song writer to remember.

 Final Thoughts:  There’s more to this songwriter than you see generally see in chart toppers these days, but he still has a long way to go, in terms of delivering those lyrics with vocals on par with his writing, in terms of quality.

Verdict: Written with blood, but delivered cold.

Stand-Out Tracks: Different shades of gray, written with blood, I think about leaving

Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆