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Summer Of Fear

Author: Kevin Coffey
12/20/2009 | Omaha World Herald | www.omaha.com | Album Review
Another year. Another several thousand albums.

Some were good, some were awful, and many more were just average.

Hundreds of them cross my desk. Some want reviews in the paper, and others are to promote bands touring through town.

Here's my best of 2009, with a ranking and description of the top 10 and a list of the next 15.
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These are the albums that sat in my CD player for weeks, got stuck in my head, forced me to sing along and, I'll admit, occasionally made me do the air drums.

1. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, "Summer of Fear" (Saddle Creek)

Sometimes it's Springsteen. Sometimes it's Petty. Sometimes it's even Dylan. You hear them all on this record. And if you have to pick three people to influence you, who better?

Robinson, a 27-year-old singer from Oregon, channels all three at different times, whether it be in his voice, in his guitar playing or in his words.

And within his heartfelt lyrics about drug addiction ("Never going back again without a lot more medicine"), suicide (It's a hard enough time just trying to hang myself") and heartbreak ("You're not saying that you won't be long/Just that we don't belong") is a whole lot of truth.

"Summer of Fear" is what Robinson named the summer when he broke up with his girlfriend and dissolved his band, a time that followed a period of homelessness and heavy drug addiction.

The songs are so well-crafted with crashing guitars, jazzy horns and his deep, growling croon that they make you relate to his tales of drug-addicted misery and hard times, even if you've never been through anything like that.
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