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Album Review

At her boiling-point pinnacle, Fiona's soaring, occasionally corrosive voice finally gets the fine-tuned material it deserves — and she co-wrote nine of the ten tunes. Listeners learn over the power chords that "Mariel" is in deep trouble, though they don't learn how or why. "Victoria Cross" is getting put to bed after a long night on a turning point; "If it wasn't all so sexual," the protagonist admits, "well, we might have stayed friends." "Where the Cowboys Go" pleads for a lover to leave town, "while we still can/While we're young," but the pleader lacks the independence of Fine Young Cannibals' similar "Don't Look Back," and her resolve slips as the bass synth oscillates. The material is consistently strong, but also all of a piece, and this friend on a ledge, or that bit of lesbian intrigue, form settings in an overarching mythology; these songs embody the train-crash-intense emotions of the young (or the emotionally intense of any age). In their exhilarating and harrowing street-opera encounters over greasy pizza and sticky Coke, at a house party with the folks out of town, or in an upstairs bedroom real or imagined, they pack the thick misery and release of the "Gotterdammerung." Like anything with intensity, it's tempting to laugh; when Fiona and Kip Winger moan, "you're sexing me," at each other, someone with farm experience could imagine them sedately side by side, determining the maleness or femaleness of newly hatched chicks. Against that, though, you might be well-advised to ask yourself the last time you felt this much blood in your veins.


Formed: May, 1976 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

b. Fiona Robinson, May 1976, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Robinson was hailed as following in the footsteps of Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt and Pam Hall. She initially found success when she gained three nominations at the 1998 Tamika Reggae Awards in the New Artist Of The Year category. Her triumph was due to the release of ‘I Could Fall In Love’. The success of the single led to the release of her long-playing debut, Fiona’s Moment. This critically acclaimed release featured combinations with...
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