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Only after completing his first solo album in more than 10 years did rock icon Robbie Robertson realize he had created the most personal and revealing album of his storied career. On How To Become Clairvoyant (429 Records/Savoy Label Group, Macrobiotic Records), released April 5, 2011, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer addresses publicly for the first time everything from a period of hard ... Read more in Amazon's Robbie Robertson Store

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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B004L79VUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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Named one of Rolling Stone s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Robbie Robertson sets to release, How To Become Clairvoyant, his fifth solo album and his first record in more than 10 years. Guitar virtuosos Eric Clapton (who co-wrote three tracks with Robertson), Tom Morello and Robert Randolph guest on the album, which Robertson co-produced with Marius de Vries. How To Become Clairvoyant also features Steve Winwood and Trent Reznor as well as vocalists Angela McCluskey, Rocco Deluca, Dana Glover and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. Bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Ian Thomas lay down the groove throughout.

On his last two albums Robertson explored his ancestry. Now, with How To Become Clairvoyant, he takes on his rock heritage, delivering his first-ever song about leaving The Band, the evocative This Is Where I Get Off. What is lost? What is missing? Robertson asks on When The Night Was Young, a poignant reflection on youthful idealism. We could change the world/stop the war...but that was back when the night was young.

The smoldering Straight Down The Line is a sly nod to rock n roll s early reputation as the Devil s music, while the blistering He Don t Live Here No More is a song about excess. The latter features Clapton on harmony vocal and electric and slide guitars alongside Robertson s soulful gut string guitar solo.

Robertson was a founding member of The Band, penning such classic songs as The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Up On Cripple Creek. The Band s 1976 farewell concert was documented by director Martin Scorsese in the film The Last Waltz and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In addition to his acclaimed solo albums, Robertson also has a long list of film credits. As Executive Soundtrack Producer for 1996 s Phenomenon, he recruited Clapton to perform Change the World, which subsequently won GRAMMY® awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. He has collaborated with Scorsese on numerous films, including Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Casino, Gangs of New York and Shutter Island.

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Johnny K. Kroll on April 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Actually an outstanding new album. You'll still here the depth of Robertson's emotional connections to the stories being told in each song; what I really like about this album--in addition to the lyrical depth--is the musical arrangements. They are really soothing, yet also have the ability to really move you. I grew up on top 40 to begin with, then moved to the great genre of rock n roll; this album has that constrained feel of ready to rock your socks off, yet it paces itself so that the urge to just explode in exuberant dancing becomes a more measured activity. If you have any liking for Robbie Robertson, this album will definitely please you!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on April 22, 2011
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I was born too late to experience The Band in its prime during the late sixties. So, at age 14, I was completely unfamiliar with Robbie Robertson when his first solo album was released in 1987. However, I quickly took note of "Showdown At Big Sky" and "Somewhere Down The Crazy River", two videos that, believe it or not, were actually played on MTV and VH1 at the time. I liked "Robbie Robertson" so much I became a fan to this day, waiting eternally for each new release. I still am not a real fan of The Band, though.

At age 67, Robbie Robertson faces the daunting task of remaining relevant in a youth driven culture. I wondered prior to listening to "How To Become Clairvoyant" or "HTBC" if I would like where Robertson is at this stage of his career. I knew he was working with Eric Clapton, who I like, but I've never been a huge fan of. I also knew he was working with Steve Winwood, who I really like. And then there is Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails who I also really like.

Well, "HTBC" is Robertson getting back to "Storyville". It has that sound. There are no Native American rhythms here, no electronic beats from "Underworld". And, to be honest, the magic of "Robbie Roberston" and "Storyville" is missing too. Yes, friends and neighbors, what I feared was partially true, Robertson turns out a somewhat subdued and rather flat album. I know this is supposed to be autobiographical, but a person's autobiography isn't always compelling music. I like Robbie Robertson, but "HTBC" is hit and miss. It's not a complete letdown but it's not his best work either.

The better tracks here are "Straight Down The Line", "When The Night Was Young", "He Don't Live Here No More", "She's Not Mine", "Axman" and "How To Become Clairvoyant".
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By jsnoblit on April 5, 2011
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This album, this collection of songs, showcases the power of Robbie's songwriting skills. It is great to hear an artist communicate through songs something other than puppy love or how much money they make. The collaboration with Clapton is cool but what really makes the album great for me is all of the different sonic textures Robertson weaves in and out of each composition. His lyrics are also great - the right balance of storytelling and ambiguity - balanced by his loud whispery voice.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Bob B on April 26, 2011
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I am normally inclined to quietly forgive a weak effort, even from an artist I respect and expect more from. But this is different - not only was Robbie a member of the best North American band of the rock era, he has marketed this album (or has allowed others to do so) with a direct appeal to the legacy of The Band. I saw The Band in its original formation several times, including once with Dylan, and their music has informed most of my own musical journey since that time.

When I now read in the popular media that Robbie was a "leader" or "founder" of The Band, I want to cry tears of rage (sorry, Bob). The Band, in fact, evolved from earlier incarnations that originally did not include Robbie; if they were "founded" at all, it was through the graces of one Ronnie Hawkins and, to a lesser extent, his young Arkansas drummer named Levon Helm. If, despite their explicit group identity, they ever had a leader, it was certainly not Robbie. First there was Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks, then there was Levon and The Hawks, then Bob Dylan and The Hawks. As The Band, their identity was clearly rooted in the gritty southern identity of Helm. Robbie was, to be sure, a brilliant guitarist whose ensemble playing was revelatory, and he was credited with writing many of their songs, some of them among the most iconic songs of their time. Helm's disagreement with the provenance of some of those songs - and he makes no secret of his animosity toward Robbie to this day - is borne out by the lack of anything remotely as interesting as The Band's music in Robbie's subsequent work. Of course The Band, without Robbie, was similarly unable to approach their earlier brilliance in later work also. And, sadly, Robbie will not accept the reality the he simply can not sing a lick.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on April 5, 2011
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The great rock Icon (rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, Hall of Famer), Robbie Robertson is back after a 10 year musical hiatus with his fifth great solo album, titled 'How To Become Clairvoyant'. The album is quite 'personal' to him as he speaks/explores his journey from leaving The Band in the track "This Is Where I Get Off"), about his youthful idealism in "When The Night Was Young", mysteries of magic/life in the title track "How To Become Clairvoyant" & has a duet with his legendary rock guitarist/singer & friend Eric Clapton for the first time on record in "Fear Of Falling". This great CD opens with a great blues track "Straight Down The Line" : great guitar/drum combination with the beautiful 'husky' voice of the great Canadian native, Robbie Robertson. Other great tracks include "Here Don't Live No More" (up-tempo rock track, great guitar/duet/harmonies), "The Right Mistake" (bluesy-rock track with great guitar/duet), "Fear Of Falling" (bluesy-rock track featuring Slow Hand/Eric Clapton on wonderful guitar & vocals, a great duet!), "Axman" (slow rhythm guitar bluesy track : a tribute to fallen great guitarists including Link Ray, Duane Allman & Jimi Hendrix), "How To Become Clairvoyant" (slow title track about the mysteries of magic) & "Tango For Django" (a great slow guitar, great instrumental track). My favourites/stand-outs/gems include "When The Night Was Young" (a beautiful laid-back rock track, great guitar/duet), "This Is Where I Get Off" (a wonderful laid-back track, great guitar/piano combination), "She's Not Mine" (slow guitar/piano track, great vocals : reminiscent of his classic track he did with Peter Gabriel "Fallen Angel"), "Madam X" (beautiful slow guitar, great instrumental track) & "Won't Be Back" (incredible guitar pickings & syncopation/improvisation).Read more ›
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