Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Self Titled

by oz on October 6, 2008

My Dad always says “never trust a man with two first names.” He never said anything about three first names. I guess Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is either a gentleman or Satan in flesh.

I’ve been in and out of following baseball this year, but the story of Josh Hamilton is astonishing. The guy was homeless, hooked on crack and down about 90 pounds off his playing weight before turning his life around and finding his way back into major league baseball. Now he’s batting over .300 with 32 home runs and a .543 slugging percentage. Oh, and he leads the league in RBI’s.

Why, Oz, are you talking baseball? Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson was in a similar situation before clawing his way out of addiction. He’s only 24 years old, but was homeless and sleeping on park benches in Coney Island. Thankfully, he got clean enough to put out this folk inspired album that now has me addicted.

The tracks below will give you a good sense of the entire body of work. MBAR’s sound is not clean and tidy.‚  His delivery is lazy and organic, like the old guy at the end of the bar that mutters somewhat incoherently to himself after 6 or 7 brown colored cocktails. The more you listen, however, the more sense he makes. “Buriedfed” leads off and it’s one of those tracks that make it difficult to move through the rest of the album. Eventually you will and you’ll find yourself craving its imperfections. I’m already regretting writing this review because two weeks from now, I’ll see the full beauty of the album and know that I didn’t do it justice.

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – The Debtor

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – “Buriedfed” Video

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Woody October 7, 2008 at 7:54 am

First off, he has four first names. See Robinson Cruesoe and/or Robinson Cano. He just might be the antichrist according to your logic. That being said, he’s a damn talented artist.

oddbodkins October 8, 2008 at 6:51 am

And he’s touring w/ Lykke Li. i’ve got tickets for next week and am psyched.

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