The new CD By Tracy Roberts contains 11
rich and diverse songs which, as Paul Strahan, recording producer,
likes to say..."It's a little slice of history".
True enough, as this
collection of songs looks not only at the eternally powerful theme of
love for partner, (Forever), passion (In the blood) and children (SNAP)
but also at very strong issues for everyone in the 21st century - the
stresses of living in the information age (Liquid Blue), concerns about
the environment and terrorism (Rainbows after rain) and dictatorship
(Magic Wand). There are also some wonderfully spiritual true-story
songs (Charlie, Grandpa's watch) and the favourite hit emerging appears
to be the song Tracey wrote about her 4WD (if Joni can do it with Big
Yellow Taxi, Tracey can do it with Big Red Truck!).
This album is powerful yet smooth, it's fun, dynamic and thought
provoking with melodic songs, intelligent lyrics, strong arrangements
and exceptional musicianship. Style and sass.
Tracey Roberts – Parallel
Review by John Williams
Parallel Universe is Tracey
Roberts’ sixth CD of original
This is testimony to her ability,
longevity in the music scene and her
Tracey has been performing for many
years and has a wealth of experience
both in Australia and overseas in
cabaret, fi ve-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
refl ects 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
She has also surrounded herself
with other high caliber musicians on
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
I enjoyed all 11 tracks on the CD.
A particular favorite was “Charlie”,
one of the best songs I’ve heard
about our relationship with indigenous
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 us has not wondered,
“Big Red Truck” is a delightful ode to
a real four wheel drive.
I loved the dig at the “Toorak
It brought a smile to my face as so
many four wheel drives never leave
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
“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.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 15 October, 2008.