Couples in Trouble
The expansiveness of Robbie's talent is in evidence on this release, and for those of you ready to tamp down the gravesite of the concept album, PUT THAT SHOVEL DOWN. Please, check your assumptions at the door.
Couples in Trouble is a collection of 12 songs, each of which presents, well, couples in trouble. The stories vary and as the stories and characters come from all over, so does the music, jumping from pop, rock, bluegrass, to country and back again. Nevertheless these styles are effortlessly crafted together to clarify and color each scenario. Couple this with Robbie's unpredictability and complete disinterest in passing mainstream fancies and it's obvious that someone's in trouble. However, you, the listener, are not that person.
It remains deeply troubling to us that the American music buying public and media behemoths throw up their hands in confusion at a diligently crafted album that DEFIES easy categorization. Their loss.