MONEY IN THE WOODS just received 4 stars in this April's PASTE magazine!
PASTE's Amanda Petrusich had this to say: "... a beguiling mix of Greg Brown-style folk and thoughtful alt. country... As a lyricist, Robinson is consistently smart and unassuming, and both his vocals and arrangements are beautifully organic, as simple and inviting as a pile of freshly raked leaves."
There's also a great new review in PERFORMING SONGWRITER.
They had this to say: "His easy delivery falls onto your ears like the cadence of a long-lost brother or favorite uncle—someone you’ve been longing for and never get to see enough, someone with great stories, someone you love."
TIM ROBINSON's new collection of songs, MONEY IN THE WOODS, has been nominated for the 2005 NEW PANTHEON MUSIC AWARD. See a full list of nominees (including Ray LaMontagne, Fiona Apple, Mike Doughty, and Elliott Smith) at:
NEW YORK, November 13, 2005 '" Elton John, Elijah Wood, Beck, Margaret Cho, John Legend, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Keith Urban, Ric Ocasek, Shirley Manson, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Suzanne Vega, Dave Matthews and Keith Urban, and other esteemed artists will choose the ten finalists for the inaugural New Pantheon Music Prize. New Pantheon Founder Tom Sarig, was Co-Founder of the Shortlist Music Prize in 2001, which, for four years, honored the year's most artistic albums. Tom Sarig says "With the launch of New Pantheon, we are currently in the planning stages, with an expansive mission and plan, of what promises to be the most exciting and significant event and award designed to honor the most artistic and creative records of the year."
In the realm of singer/songwriters, if you start throwing the word "poet" around, you'd better be able to back it up. Tim Robinson can. His literate but earthy songs traffic in neither high-flown linguistics nor mawkish romanticism; his is a direct, trenchant style that expresses the deepest fundaments of humanity in a strikingly original way.
Robinson kicked around the NYC songwriter scene in the '90s, quietly soaking up experience and amassing an overwhelming cache of stunning songs. At last, his debut album MONEY IN THE WOODS allows the world at large to hear what Robinson can do. With guest appearances by everyone from staunch supporter Suzanne Vega to hot NY gospel-rockers Olabelle, MONEY IN THE WOODS is a dark, churning stew of folk, blues, and rock. While there's a musical kinship to such roots-conscious craftsmen as John Prine, Greg Brown, and Bob Dylan, the closest lyrical antecedents are literary figures like e.e. cummings and Dylan Thomas, men who shook up the English language and found a way to fashion it into something startlingly new.
Robinson's unmannered singing style and raw, minimalist production aesthetic make MONEY IN THE WOODS eminently approachable, but once you enter into the world these songs create, you'll be whisked off down strange, knotty byways you'd never even imagined before. In the end, though, the pure heart and soul behind Robinson's gifted pen is what will make you return to those byways time and again, gleaning something new with each trip.
SUZANNE VEGA says of MONEY IN THE WOODS...
What can I tell you about this collection of Tim Robinson's songs? He is one of my favorite songwriters. You have to read his songs as well as listen to them to get just how striking his ideas are.
These songs are about: fatherhood (Living) with the great line "sorry kid you're full of me"; the world and what it was (Boho) (Paris), dangerous women (Orelia); his own childhood (Wolfboy); among other things...
The songs are witty and sometimes dark but never cynical. This album is the world reflected through the prism of an intelligent and original mind. Get to know it.
ACOUSTIC LIVE says of MONEY IN THE WOODS:
“If your tastes run toward the brilliant and vital, the slightly rough but entirely ready - think Dylan, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, or Steve Earle - then go out and get yourself a copy of Money in the Woods.”