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Tracey Roberts
Parallel Universe
By John Williams

Tracey Roberts - Parallel Universe





Parallel Universe is Tracey Roberts' sixth CD of original material. This is testimony to her ability, longevity in the music scene and her perseverance.

Tracey has been performing for many years and has a wealth of experience both in Australia and overseas in cabaret, five star hotels, pubs, clubs radio, television and festivals, both small and large. She was even part of a band which supported Arlo Guthrie on his 1980's Australian tour.

Tracey has performed solo, in duets and in other singing combinations. Her voice is beautiful to listen to and reflects her early voice training. Coupled with this is Tracey's undoubted musical talent. On this CD alone, Tracey accompanies herself on piano, strings, Wurlitzer, cello, glockenspiel and clapping sticks.

She has also surrounded herself with other high calibre musicians on this CD. Tracey has spent a lot of her career as a cabaret/club artist and it was this 'feel' which I most enjoyed on this CD. Her voice is perfect for this type of environment.

I enjoyed all 11 tracks on this CD.

A particular favourite was "Charlie" , one of the best songs I've heard about our relationship with indigenous Australians. The lyrics are superbly constructed. Tracey is a poet and this song is worth the purchase price on its own.

The title track, "Parallel Universe" is also a wonderful song about the choices we make in life. Who amongst has not wondered, "What if…?". "Big Red Truck" is a delightful ode to a real four wheel drive. I loved the dig at the "Toorak Tractors". It brought a smile to my face as so many four wheel drives never leave the bitumen. The love song, "Forever" is also memorable, as is "Magic Wand", a strongly worded song about the injustices in the world. Other personal tracks include "Grandpa's Watch" and "A Good Life". Both are worth a listen."Snap" is a powerful song about the love of a mother for her child. It was inspired by a real life encounter with a lioness protecting her cubs, which Tracey experienced in Zimbabwe."Rainbows After Rain" is a song of hope, despite the evil things happening in the world today.

If you like meaningful lyrics delivered by an artist with years of experience and a beautiful voice then you could do a lot worse than to consider this CD for your collection.

I enjoyed it.

March 2012
Australia's premier folk magazine

Tracey Roberts 
Shades of Blue
by Graham Blackley

Tracey Roberts - Shades of Blue   cover




Shades of Blue is the eighth CD from globetrotting Australian vocalist and pianist Tracey Roberts who also happens to be an accomplished visual artist. Roberts has an impressive resume that demonstrates her industriousness, talent and flexibility.

For instance, she has played a diverse range of music that includes folk, jazz and cabaret; she supported Arlo Guthrie in Australia in the early 80s, she has performed in a host of countries including India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Sweden and played in front of thousands of people a few years ago at the Monash Carols by Candlelight.

The rich and resonant sound of the full-length Steinway grand piano lies at the heart of Shades of Blue which is a warm and incredibly relaxing eleven track album.

Roberts' heartfelt interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah is guaranteed to stir the emotions of even the most casual listener while the improvised instrumentals Chasm and Snow bewitch with their haunting atmosphere and wordless eloquence.

Roberts employs a strong and emotive vocal presence to full dramatic effect near the end of the quietly powerful Jeremy, a song described colourfully on her website as being a macabre and violent tale of lust. On her gentle rendition of the old Cat Stevens gem Moonshadow, Roberts weaves intricate and seductive vocal harmonies that are sure to charm.

The lightness of touch and laid-back feel of Shades of Blue ensures that it is the ideal soundtrack to a regenerative Sunday afternoon spent ensconced happily on the couch.