Davina Robinson is a hard driving, carcass rattling Rock and Soul diva from Philly. She was born to be a rock star. Blessed with a big, beautiful, boisterous voice, Ms. Robinson can spew dirty, gritty, grinding Rock, and then wail out a tear-soaked Bluesy ballad that belies her tats and piercings. Her trademark brand of Rock and Roll is riotous and righteous. Her amazing, sonic voice blazes explicit lyrics that, when layered over rowdy guitar and drums, delivers hot, riveting, head banging, ass shaking music. Davina lives in and rocks Osaka, Japan-the heart of underground Japanese culture. While her adopted countrymen may be sipping green tea, I suspect Davina is swilling rocket fuel!
“Making Love to your Girlfriend” is a fiery, soulful, drum soaked tale of revenge. The refrain, “I know you’re thinking bout me when you’re making love to your girlfriend” sums up a story told in rollicking, naughty lyrics. Davina’s voice is infused with power, rage and irony as she growls in harmony with a wailing guitar at machine-gun-speed. The engineering on this cut is flawless. Clever, well-timed infusions of drum beats, guitar wah-wahs and cymbal crashes reflect the emotions in Davina’s lyrics and voice as she slams a musical thrashing on her cheating scoundrel. The sound quality is so tight you can hear every note and nuance. Vocals, instruments, phrasing and volume work in overdrive and synchronized nirvana to tell a rich and complex story successfully in 4:04. This tune feels like a Blues ballad disguised as Rock and that lends an avant-garde flavor to this high-octane head bobber.
While most of Ms. Robinson’s songs are gems delivered at full throttle, in “Conversations in My Head” she exhales. This song is a highly polished diamond. Personal and poignant, this formulaic Rock ballad will tug at your heartstrings. The poetic lyrics are actually one-sided conversations between Davina and her beloved late grandmother. Sparse strumming and drumming open this aptly titled tune, accompanying Davina’s melancholy monotone with finesse. Saturated with sadness, each of her lovely, lonely notes is met by a guitar lick and drum beat in a raw and haunting cadence that echoes the ebb and flow of Davina’s ever-changing emotions. The sound quality is outstanding and the minimalist orchestration, with just drums and guitar, is rich and powerful, capturing in music the gut wrenching frenzy of a woman-on-the-edge without being schmaltzy. This cut is well-balanced, well-engineered, well- designed and well-executed. Divine Davina’s “Conversations in My Head” is sound sculpted into grief, and it rocks.
“Osaka Boys” is pure, unadulterated rock. This hypnotic banger opens with thumping guitar licks that introduce the hook first! The hook, “Hey, yeah! / Really like them Osaka boys/ Osaka boys!” is delivered in a contagious singsong cheerleader chant the regularly repeats itself and forces you to hollah back. This is a club cut, so put on your dancing pants and get groovy because the relentless drumbeat will force you to dance! Davina rocks the lyrics in perfect harmony with the band, delivering a turbo-charged, raunchy track that leaves you wondering if she is Mick and Aretha’s long lost love child. This musical masterpiece stays in your head long after it stops bobbing.
Intelligent and richly worded, Ms. Robinson’s salty lyrics tell personal stories of love, lust, anger, and human frailty. Her lyrics reside in polished, guitar-driven mixes of Rock, Pop, Soul and Jazz. Davina’s voice is gorgeous, lush and versatile. It truly is her instrument and she its mistress. She belts out each and every song with fresh, unbridled passion and abandonment, taking the audience to unexpected places without EVER losing control or stepping out of character. Davina Robinson is a rocket, her fuse is lit and her destination is stardom.