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  • Band members: Kevin Robinson, Anita Robinson, Evan Railton, Chris Funk
  • Summary: This is the debut album for the band led by Portland's Kevin and Anita Robinson. The Swords' Evan Railton, The Decemberists' Chris Funk, and The Golden Bears' Seth Lorinczi round out the quintet.
  • Record Label: Vanguard
  • Genre(s): Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It's a turmoil of glorious noise.
  2. Though there is a good chunk of filler ("Wesley," "Target Heart," "Go On," "The Game,") the memorable songs mark this disc as something worth purchasing and something worth coming back to.
  3. The musicians involved in the band are seasoned professionals who really know their instruments, and it's obvious they're enjoying themselves. That makes Blue Giant that rare side project/supergroup that manages to combine musicians having fun with good songwriting and exceed expectations.
  4. The band's piecemeal rock 'n' roll emerges a mish-mash of spacey barroom blues, with Kevin's voice sometimes struggling yo pair with the front-and-center obligation that rawer music demands. [Aug 2010, p.146]
  5. While Blue Giant has the freshness and enthusiasm of a debut album, it also boasts the artistry and intelligence of a band with years of experience, and this music brings forth the joy of the best of both worlds.
  6. While the new pieces are generally good, it's the songs from [last year's EP} Target Heart that continue to shine brightest. [Summer 2010, p.82]
  7. Tellingly, the best songs on Blue Giant are also the simplest, pointing to what this record could and perhaps should have been.