How To Become Clairvoyant
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How To Become Clairvoyant

April 5, 2011

  Song Title
Straight Down The Line
When The Night Was Young
He Don't Live Here No More
The Right Mistake
This Is Where I Get Off
Fear Of Falling
She's Not Mine
Madame X
Won't Be Back
How To Become Clairvoyant
Tango For Django

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Label: 429 Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 2011 SLG, LLC
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  • Total Length: 59:06
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  • ASIN: B004UNB1R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,800 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie Robertson Still Has It 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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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Fantastic 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That voodoo stuff don't do nothin' for me. 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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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bland and Disappointing April 26, 2011
By Bob B
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars "This CD Is Worth The Wait!" 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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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MUSIC
Loved this CD.... we have listen to Robbie Robertson since he played with THE BAND. His music is NEVER a disappointment.
Would recommend this CD to everyone who enjoys music.
Published 1 month ago by Dandy Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Since I first heard him in his early days with Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson has been on my favorites list.
Published 1 month ago by Stephen G. Lonefeather :
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent piece
If you can dig Robbie Robertson, this is a very cool bunch of pieces. Eric Clapton,s influence really weaves through the CD!!!
Published 2 months ago by aclempoppi
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Become Clairvoyant from Robbie Robertson
Robbie Robertson has done it again. I have another album to add to my desert Island list. Buy this Album.
Published 3 months ago by HuebenStruck
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of time and money!
Robbie Robertson releases an album after years of inactivity and its plain to see he sure didn't spend his money on songwriting classes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Redge Edge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love it -- I play it and play it and never get tired of it. A forever favorite for me!
Published 7 months ago by Carol Suzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
Brought lots of joy to an otherwise sad time in our lives. Brought back memories of The Band Days.... Thanks
Published 8 months ago by Lori Bastian
5.0 out of 5 stars Clairvoyant - Robertson
Read about the album when it first came out and was so glad I purchased it. I listened to it daily for at least 2 months, memorizing many of the songs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Data Grrl
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album
I am a fan of Robbie and The Band - this album is what you expect from him - the dramatic atmosphere - the amazing story telling. What an album!
Published 11 months ago by droidle3
5.0 out of 5 stars A master
performing at his art. Robbie Robertson has been around for a long time - he has tried different genres of music and a cd by him is always a welcome relief from much of the stuff... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
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