Robin O'Brien | The Apple in Man

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The Apple in Man

by Robin O'Brien

On her third Luxotone release, Robin O'Brien's soaring voice and finely honed lyrics move into dark, mystical territory.
Genre: Pop: Ambient Pop
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1. Day/Apple
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2. Bobby My Memory
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3. Julie
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4. Gold Chain
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5. Carry You
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6. Hangman
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7. Little Bird
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8. Traveller
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9. October
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10. Hand in the Window
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11. Mama
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12. New Spring
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Album Notes
Her third Luxotone release, THE APPLE IN MAN spotlights the shimmering, mystical overtones of Robin's trademark harmonic singing and frames them with her earthly pop sensibilities. The album is a transformational song cycle that soars through the alchemy and ever-changing beauty of Robin's musical universe.

From the genesis of "Day" to the wordless chanting of the closer "New Spring," Robin takes us on a trip through sin ("Apple"), friendship ("Bobby My Memory," "Julie"), and marriage and love ("Gold Chain," "Carry You") before crashing into a riveting a capella version of “Hangman” (usually known as “Gallows Pole”). The white-knuckle intensity of Robin’s version owes little to Odetta (whose version Robin first heard as a young girl) and even less to Led Zeppelin. Like a bleak yet gorgeous Icelandic landscape, Robin’s “Hangman” turns emotional lead into musical gold as the album begins to bathe us with intriguing signs, symbols, and portents ("Little Bird"), with dreams and stories ("Hand in the Window," "Traveller")—all of which point to another, hidden world that waits patiently for us. "My home is there," Robin sings in "October."

THE APPLE IN MAN meets the ambitious emotional goals it sets for itself—combining the indie, acoustic vibe of her luxotone debut EP FORE, and the meticulous songcraft of EYE AND STORM, it removes another veil from the immense talent, creativity, and care that has won O'Brien the respect of fans and critics around the world.


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Kevin Joyce

“Grace Slick meets Dead Can Dance meets Frank Zappa – utterly unique and compell
George and Robin:

The Apple in Man arrived in the mail today. I just listened to it straight through, and had, with no exaggeration, the most engrossing and compelling album-listening experience in many, many years.

It is a massively impressive effort, truly unique, and I congratulate you in the biggest way. It bears comparison, by fragments, to everything from Grace Slick to King Crimson, Meredith Monk and the Abbess of Hildegard, with a little Laurie Anderson and a cloistered Frank Zappa thrown in for good measure. But those are just the ones I could think of.

It sounded most like something in my wildest imagination, in the midst of a brilliant beautiful dream, I wish I had created. In all sincerity, it’s unlike anything I’ve heard before, and it moved and inspired me. Otherwise I wouldn’t be using so many big words. I may have nearly run out.

Not quite.

I’ll listen to it again tomorrow, and maybe it will suck. I kind of doubt it. Though I also doubt that after playing it 10 times I’ll be able to sing along, I can easily imagine creating (other, non-musical) artistic masterpieces with The Apple in Man as inspirational soundtrack.

Thank you for rocking my world.

Kevin Joyce, EnJoy Productions