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Valentine, Robby - 2006 The Most Beautiful Pain

ARTIST: Valentine, Robby
ALBUM: My Beautiful Pain
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2006
SPONSOR: Frontiers Music


LINEUP: Robby Valentine - all instruments * Nop Ton - drums * Juan Van Emmerloot - drums * Johan Willems - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Should Have Known Better * 02 A New World * 03 I'm Going Under (Sedated) * 04 One Of These Days * 05 The Cold And Lonely Lie * 06 She (Abandoned Heart) * 07 Magnum Opus * 08 Everyday Hero * 09 Supernova * 10 Magical Memories * 11 How Many Times * 12 Mickey * 13 How Can I Live Without You * 14 One Heart * 15 Back to The Future Theme * 16 Now Or Never * 17 Exodus Elephantes - I Can't Go On



March 2006 sees the release of album number five for Dutch keyboard virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Robby Valentine. Considered possibly one of the greatest artists in his native Holland and a bonafide superstar in Japan, he has released nine (four of which issued as a solo artist) albums in the last 14 years. Despite being such a prolific artist, Robby Valentine's releases have so far only found release in the land of the Rising Sun. Hence it is somehow a positive sign knowing that Mr Valentine has after considerable effort, gained the attention of record companies here in Europe, some 16 years after his last venture with Zinatra in the shape of 'The Great Escape', released on Mercury/Polygram.

The Songs
With 14 songs and 3 intermezzos, 'The Most Beautiful Pain' is quite hard to digest at the first spin. All of the tracks presented here bear their author's trademark and noteworthy musical dexterity from start to finish. Robby plays all instruments here - with the exception of a few drum tracks, for which he's aided by Nop Ton (ex 1st Avenue) and Snowy White's White Flames drummer Juan Van Emmerloot. Robby produces the album, and sings all lead vocals. Despite the one-man-band situation, Robby is once again capable of constantly diversifying rhythms, moods and atmospheres. Luckily there's enough variety here to satisfy even the even the most demanding listener. Dream Theater (especially in the first two tracks), Styx, obviously Queen and even lost glam rock icon Jobriath (anybody remember him?) are the most immediate comparisons, but certainly Robby possesses enough talent in order to not plagiarize his idols/influences.

In Summary
Had it came out at the time of Aldo Nova's 'Subject', this album would have achieved immediate success. This of course doesn't mean that Robby hasn't come up with a modern and fresh sounding opus. We at G-D can only wish him the best of luck, as so far he's proven to be one of Holland's greatest talents and one of Freddy Mercury's most credible heirs.

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#1 | Eric on April 10 2006 23:10:27
Agree, Valentine is one of the best around. The Jobriath comparison is interesting and one I never thought of, but you are correct- there are similarities. Looks like this disc just made my 'to buy' list!
#2 | Jez on June 14 2008 00:15:52
A long time coming this one, but well worth the wait. The most important thing about this is that it never becomes predictable (like oh so many others) - EXACTLY why I like this guys stuff so much. His 5th best album is probably about right, so with that in mind, imagine what the others are like if you haven't heard 'em. The huge POMP/AOR sound will not be everyones cup of tea i'm sure, but for the rest of us, this is pure heaven on a 5' shiny disc.
#3 | Nick C on August 31 2008 10:02:10
Being a late starter on this guy this is the album that got me into him. The mighty Jez (above) furnished me with a list of his releases ....including singles and e.p.'s after badgering him haha. I like his earlier stuff but my favourite albums are this and Believing is Seeing...just fantastic stuff. As Jez points out it never becomes predictable....brilliant.
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