Robin Lee Sinclair may be Australian, but don't think he doesn't know a little something about American country music. Boasting 14 tracks abounding in country and country-rock smarts and know-how, Sinclair's CD, "Honky Tonk Heaven," is packed with tuneful and well executed songs showcasing his own and his band's, range and presence. The title track, "Honky Tonk Heaven," makes for a perfect CD-opener, with Sinclair's intense lead vocals soaring on a chorus that is both immediate and timeless. "Country Member" takes it uptown with a fine quick-step shuffle tailor-made for the dance floor, while "Remember Me" is moving and urgent, with shades of Elvis in Sinclair's dramatic reading. Other highlights include "Shannon," an up-tempo number with a splendid banjo backing, "Bouncin' Back," featuring a Jerry Lee Lewis-like piano-pounding-rhythm, and the boppin', 50's-inspired "And Then There Was You." Throughout, though, Robin Lee Sinclair proves himself a polished and seasoned vocalist on his effortlessly pleasing CD, "Honky Tonk Heaven."
-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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