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"Musicreveiw.com"

Robert O’Connor singer songwriter from Dublin, Ireland unlike many singer songwriters Robert has produced his songs to the highest quality. Distance has 10 tracks of very interesting listening with a broad range of musical arrangements from both the pop and R-n-B rhythms scene, he has put down some great tracks on this album like “Ten years time” it’s got everything going for it, the song lacks no boundaries and it has all the commercial qualities of becoming something great just like Robert he has a very smooth voice and its working for him on Distance, excellent stuff.

RANK: ***** 5 out of 6 - Trevor Halpin


"Olga Loves Yuri"

I’m not into bells and whistles – a good song doesn’t need them. When Robert O’Conner asked Yuri to review his CD, Distance, I was looking forward to it. His letter and self promotion was interesting and commendable. My musical tastes tend to be simple and clean music - which might surprise some of Yuri's readers.

So, I’ve been listening to Robert’s CD, and here are my humble opinions.

Spend the Night and Wonderful Accident– Poetic and I’m reminded of a Robin Thicke ballad.

Destination Anywhere – By far, this is the catchiest of the tracks.

How Many Times (Can We Say Goodbye) – I really liked the words to this one. It’s a good song to wallow in when you feel bad. And it has banjoes! I love banjoes!

Killing Kind, by Shelby Lynne – a duet with Aziza El Messaoudi – Love this song, but I could have done without the duet.

Left You Behind and Damage to the Heart – Yuri and I both thought of Justin Timberlake when we heard these tracks.

I’ll Be the King – I’m sorry, but I can’t get beyond the electronic flair to this one – it distracts me from the song.

Tonight – Another sweet, poetic song with a really nice guitar base.

Ten Year’s Time – This is one that could muscle its way into my head and I’d be humming. It’s a fuller song with strings – which I really like.

Robert’s strong suit is his writing. His songs are well thought out and he has a lot to say. Like I said in the beginning, I like some styles more than others, and this CD is not a one trick pony – so I liked some more than others. - Olga Loves Yuri


"The Daily Mail"

CASTLEKNOCK singer and heart-throb Robert O'Connor is on the crest of a wave. His debut album, Distance - just released through Universal - is flying off the shelves. A former model, Robert has been described as an Irish James Blunt, who is wooing fans with his own lyrics. He's a welcome fresh voice on the singer-songwriter scene. But the nicest thing, however, is that he still has his feet firmly on the ground and isn't fazed in the least by all the hype and attention he's suddenly receiving. - James Gibbons


"HMV"

Robert describes his debut album as “35-minutes of questions about life and love”. His honesty does not stop in his press statements but continues all through this album. Ranging from the tongue-in-cheek to the sorrowfully beautiful, it's no surprise to hear he's been tipped as Dublin's next big thing in songwriting - HMV


"Spotlight On"

The very talented Robert O'Connor releases his debut single in the UK on 30 October 2006. The single features "Spend The Night", a stunning and touching traditional but modern soul tinged pop ballad that reminds us slightly of a cross between George Michael and Ben Folds. The single also features the timeless pop gem that is "Ten Years Time". Robert's voice is soulful, clear, emotive and sweet as an angel while maintaining a natural strength. Dreamy, melodic and heavenly this is pure pop heaven. - Dale Oliver


Discography

Ten Years Time
Spend The Night
How Many Times
Killing Kind

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Bio

“There is so much in this world that is out of our control”, says Robert O’Connor (22), a singer/songwriter born in Dublin, “that I believe everything in our control should be taken advantage of”.

O’Connor, despite recently signing a distribution deal with Universal Music, is essentially an independent artist. He has made all of the choices in his music career thus far. He made the decision in summer 2005 to record and release his debut single “Ten Years Time”, produced by Billy Farrell (The Corrs).

Complications within his original recording contract would mean the track wouldn’t see the light of day until November 2006, when it became a double A-side release with “Spend The Night”, an original composition written and co-produced by O’Connor together with Steve Hogan. Hotpress magazine named O’Connor a “top honours singer/songwriter” upon the single’s release.

O’Connor spent the first half of 2007 writing and recording tracks for his debut album in Dublin and Amsterdam, working with established Irish musicians Shane Fitzsimons, Fionan de Barra, Brian Grace and Cian Boylan to name just a few.

The album spans a number of genres, though O’Connor had initially intended on creating a concept album. “My time in Amsterdam working with Mourad Bouchiba changed my vision for the album”, says the singer. “He taught me that I could be eclectic and focused all at once”.

Whilst in Amsterdam, O’Connor recorded one of his all-time favourite tracks: “Killing Kind”, a track he had performed at his first professional gig at Sugar Club in Dublin during 2006. The track, written by American country singer Shelby Lynne, was turned into a duet with Moroccan singer/songwriter, Aziza el Messaoudi.

Four further tracks from the Amsterdam sessions have made the final cut of O’Connor’s debut, entitled Distance. “Destination Anywhere”, written together with Robert’s long-time friend Emma O’Donnell, takes a darker approach, lyrically and musically, with a haunting piano riff throughout, whilst “I’ll Be The King” is as tongue-and-cheek as it comes: “I tell you openly that I don’t see a future/your shoes don’t match my point of view, what’s wrong with this picture?”

Instead of releasing his work during the Christmas rush, O’Connor took to the stage, performing at venues in Dublin such as Whelan's, The Village and Crawdaddy, playing unplugged versions of key tracks from his debut album.

2008 has arrived, and Robert O‘Connor is ready. He will release Distance, an album Robert describes as “35-minutes of questions about life and love”, on April 14 through Universal Music/Matchbox Recordings. The album’s lead single, “How Many Times (Can We Say Goodbye?)”, will be released digitally on the same day.