The name Robin Beck immediately brings to mind the Coca-Cola song "First Time" (1988). This will probably remain so until the end of the career of the 58-year-old vocalist. With her latest work "Underneath", however, she reaffirms once again that virtually all of her albums never fall short of a certain quality standard. Beck has a good hand in selecting musicians and songwriters. The follow-up to "The Great Escape" (2011) was produced by her husband James Christian (House Of Lords). The Swedish top musician Tommy Denander and Glen Burtnik (Styx) played the guitars. Of course, "Underneath" never runs the risk of reinventing the wheel, let alone seriously abandoning the well-trodden paths of melodic hard rock with pop appeal. But with "Underneath" there is at least one power ballad in the style of the eighties Heart MTV singles. And on "Check Your Attitude" the woman from Brooklyn sounds as if she is the rock-affine mother of Pink.
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