Unexpectedly reforming 20 years after their 1983 breakup, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters pick up, literally, where they left off: most of 2003's Piece of Mind consists of new recordings of songs the Boston folk-rockers had written and demoed for their third Warner Brothers LP in 1982, before the company dropped them.
Not only does it sound like the intervening two decades had never happened, Piece of Mind actually sounds several degrees better than either Robin Lane and the Chartbusters or Imitation Life.
Freed of major label expectations and the suffocating slickness that plagued those earlier records, Piece of Mind sounds like Robin Lane and the Chartbusters were meant to sound; the jangly pop tunes are still there, but there's a rootsier feel on songs, like the country-ish "Little Bird." Lead guitarist Asa Brebner breaks out occasional rockabilly or R&B riffs, and the band's trademark three- and four-part harmonies, as well as Lane's own warm alto, sound as good as ever. Though no one song is as memorable as the group's classic first single, "When Things Go Wrong," this is their most consistently solid effort by far, and, surprisingly enough, the best Robin Lane and the Chartbusters album yet.
|All Fall Down / Robin Lane||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||3:43|
|Talk to You / Ronnie Lane||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||3:45|
|Last One to Know / Robin Lane||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||2:54|
|She Wants You Back / Robin Lane||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||3:54|
|Little Bird / Robin Lane||Robin Lane||4:35|
|Somebody Else / Robin Lane / Anthony Moody||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||2:50|
|In My World / Joey Belladonna / Frank Bello / Charlie Benante / Scott Ian / Robin Lane / Dan Spitz||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||2:56|
|The Letter / Robin Lane / Wayne Carson||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||3:13|
|I Remember / Robin Lane||Robin Lane||3:19|
|Idiot / T.J. Jackson / Robin Lane||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||2:56|
|Psychotic Disorders / Robin Lane||Robin Lane feat: Robin Lane & The Chartbusters||3:48|
|[Untitled Track]||Robin Lane||3:02|