Robert James | Lizard On A Rock

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Lizard On A Rock

by Robert James

Revved-up power pop and insightful lyrics from one of Canada's finest singer/songwriters
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lizard On A Rock/Happenstance at Fire Mountain
4:45 $0.99
2. Save My Soul
3:04 $0.99
3. Ride With Me
3:08 $0.99
4. You Tear Me
3:03 $0.99
5. Diary
4:57 $0.99
6. Through My Eyes
4:02 $0.99
7. Master Of The Zoo
3:27 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“Lizard On A Rock” is the debut release from Robert James, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Vancouver,
Canada. Released in July of 2000, this disc offers something for everyone. Combining hard-hitting rockers and heartfelt ballads to all out mayhem, this disc screams to be heard in an open car. Never mind the destination, it's hot out and the week is long. You can see Fire Mountain in the distance and you realize you're almost there...wherever
"there" is.

This seven-song CD opens with the driving “Lizard On A Rock”, which oddly enough was the last song written for the project. It features the guest vocals of Rose Reiter, and once it was added to the project, Robert knew he had the name for his first CD. “Happenstance At Fire Mountain”, the short breezy interlude at the end of the track, was also an afterthought and was recorded using Robert’s home studio equipment. “Save My Soul” rocks with full tilt conviction, due in part to the insightful lyrics that lend
themselves to this song and the rest of the album in general. “Ride With Me” is achingly beautiful with its shimmering guitars and after-hours mystique. You can almost hear the surf and smell the sea air. All of a sudden, you're playing for all the marbles. “You Tear Me” takes us somewhere else with it’s relentless riff and driving rhythm until we’re deep in uncharted waters. Surprisingly enough, this is also new territory for Robert as he handles all the guitar chores on this particular track.

“Diary” has been in Robert’s repertoire since 1983 but was always played in a decidedly acoustic setting. The
intricate acoustic guitar patterns mesh well with the string section and to see this song performed live with Robert on a nearly blackened stage telling his stark tale is not to be missed.

The last two compositions, “Through My Eyes” and “Master Of The Zoo” were originally released in 1992 as part of a CD compilation. Of the six acts featured on the disc, Robert is the only artist still actively performing. “Through My Eyes” features Kirsten Nash on saxophone and Marty Kinack on lead guitar. At times it’s difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. The disc comes to a close with the frenetic “Master Of The Zoo”, a song that becomes more relevant day by day as a desperate call to save our planet.



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R. Backman

New is even better
Let me first tell everyone I have a decided bias about this album. I've listened to these tracks for quite some time, in part because I purchased a pre-release copy. In response to C. Hanson, I've also seen Robert James in concert and was intrigued by his stylings. I picked up a copy of this cd at a gig Robert James headlined in Vancouver. He has a unique voice and style, especially exhibited on You Tear Me. The lyric is heartfelt and the vocal equally honest. I look forward to his new release.

C Hanson

This lizard really rocks...
After seeing Robert perform at a local club, the "Lizard on a Rock" CD was a 'must have' to acquire and add to my music collection. I've since listened to the CD a number of times. The lyrics reflect Robert's songwriting style and poetic flair- a mixture of raw honesty and emotional sensitivity and intensity.
My personal favorites are "Lizard on a Rock", a song that rocks, and the lyrics emote the sense of solitude, "Save my Soul" with a vulnerabilty it carries, and "Diary" with a haunting quality in the lyrics while Roberts' vocals shine through.
Those who choose to add the "Lizard on a Rock" to their musical collection won't be disappointed. Once released, I'm looking forward to the upcoming 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem' CD.

Linda Lee

Lizard on a Rock
This is my first time listening to this album and I really think the Diary and Through my eyes are fantastic. Way to go RobertJames!!