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Supernatural

Robben FordAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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For Soul on Ten, his fourth and latest album for the Concord Music Group, five-time Grammy nominee Robben Ford is definitely ‘on ten,' playing with the kind of skill and experience that had Musician magazine dubbing him one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century."

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  • Audio CD (July 13, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Thumb
  • ASIN: B00000JMKP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Guitarist Robben Ford has led parallel careers. There's the virtuosic white blues musician who jammed with Jimmy Witherspoon as a teenager, and there's the superclean session player and fusion-jazz cat of L.A. Express and Yellowjackets fame. These roles merge on Supernatural, produced by Susan Rogers (known for production work with Prince and Barenaked Ladies). Unfortunately, what comes out is a mediocre blue-eyed soul singer who has neither the voice nor the songs to match his guitar chops. Many of the tracks settle into listless studio funk grooves substituting polish for passion. Only when Ford reaches back to the blues for Paul Butterfield's "Lovin' Cup" does he crack a sweat. By that time, it's too late. --Rick Mitchell

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Despite having played with the likes of Miles Davis, the Yellowjackets, and Tom Scott's L.A. Express, Robben Ford is still one of the unsung treasures of American music. Widely respected as a guitarist, Ford also possesses a classic singing voice in the tradition of such great pop vocalists as Todd Rundgren. Supernatural presents fully realized compositions where all the parts support the whole, not just lengthy blowing hung on chord changes. Ford does have a nice way with chords, and frequently, it sounds as if he's illuminating a new facet of familiar music. Nonetheless, guitar freaks should be prepared to be dazzled by Ford's commanding fretwork; he says more in a couple of economical choruses than many string-slingers say in a dozen. His cool sting on the deeply soulful "Hey, Brother" has the snarl of a Chicago bluesman. His rhythm work is equally impressive, as on "Nothing to Nobody," where he undergirds his pleading lyrics with a relentlessly climbing guitar riff. Also check out the wah-wah riff he burns (a la Hendrix's "Voodoo Child") on the title cut. Jimmy Earl contributes some massive-sounding bass, and Russell Ferrante, Ford's buddy in the Yellowjackets, is a plus on electric and acoustic pianos. Roger Kellaway also contributes a richly haunting string-quartet arrangement to Robben's "If." But this knockout disc is Ford's show all the way.

--- JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An artist in transition August 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Supernatural is Robben Ford's first pop album and conceptually is not unlike a typical Eric Clapton album which sprinkles a couple of blues tunes among a collection of ballads/rock/funk/gospel numbers. While there's nothing particularly unique about the mix of songs on this album, it's definitely a departure from the guitar-heavy albums Robben has made before.
The musicianship on the album is, naturally, top flight. And there are plenty of stellar guitar solos to escape into. My main struggle is that the songwriting doesn't keep pace. Over his career, Robben has penned some solid tunes (When I Leave Here from Handful of Blues is my personal favorite), but on balance, I'm partial to the covers he's done. While I don't dislike Supernatural, and it's grown on me somewhat after a dozen or so listenings, I haven't found myself particularly drawn to it either. (Because I'm a longtime fan of Robben's I gave this CD many more spins than I might have otherwise.)
Still I applaud him for trying new things -- especially string arrangements! I'd get bored if he were to release nothing but Blue Line-esque albums. (I must admit though, that my favorite song on Supernatural is the Blue Line-esque "Nothing to Nobody" -- not an example of Robben exploring new territories.) The songs on Supernatural are nice, but I can't imagine anyone rushing to cover any of them. Many of the songs are reminiscent of other aritists: I hear strains of Steely Dan and even later Steve Winwood, but there's nothing here that's bold or original.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Wave July 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Robben Ford's "Supernatural" is now 5 years old and is certainly aging well. My favorite track is the bluesy "Nothing to Nobody." Ford's juicy guitar weeps woefully, "The preacher on Sunday tells me I'm just another child of God; Lord, if you're there & if you care, could you see fit to answer my prayer?" "Water for the Wicked" was co-written with the Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald and has plenty of that blue-eyed funk & soul. "Don't Lose Your Faith In Me" experiments with a clever string arrangement on a soft samba-like track. One of my personal favorites is the little-known David Batteau who co-wrote "Hey, Brother" with Ford that is a great track about trying to heal injured friendships. Another addictive track is the funky "Deaf, Dumb & Blind," "I couldn't see when you showed your love to me; I was thinking only of myself & missing all that light from you." Ford cuts a slow smoking groove on the Arthur Alexander classic, "You Got Me Knockin'" with Ricky Peterson's soulful Hammond B3 organ swelling the emotional wave. The set closes with Paul Butterfield's toe-tapper "Lovin' Cup." "Supernatural" is a good set with enough strong tracks to warrant a second listen five years later! Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Classic Rock Record May 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Robben Ford is not only a guitar player. He's also an amazing writer. People need to wake up and notice these songs. These are real songs written by a real guy.
This album is the perfect "classic rock" album. If this album came out in 1979 it would have been huge. (Especially since it's got Michael MacDonald guest singing!). That's not to say this album is dated, it's not. It's lyrically very timely, but the music has a classic southern rock feel that reminds me of great old album oriented music from the 70s.
Water for the Wicked (with Michael MacDonald) is the perfect fusion of blues and soul rock. Supernatural is a great straight ahead blues rock track. If and Don't Lose Your faith in me both make me want to cry. And the dude can play the guitar like no one's business. I'd like to see him rock out with Santana (Rob Thomas [stinks]). If this had a good fast straight ahead rock instrumental, I'd been in my absolute glory!
This is absolute perfect Saturday night getting ready to go out music...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i consider this to be the cd of the year! December 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
robben really landed this one! this is his best yet , highlights/ hey brother, a great soul, funkster! i've read negative reviews from a blues magazine, saying that its not bluesy enough, well! thats whats wrong with this gendre, no room to grow , thats why blues as an art form is in big trouble, theres no room to grow! too much close mindedness and not enough listening, robben has a great cd no matter what these close minded critics say! why can't good music be just that! GOOD MUSIC! stop being so close minded! rock on robben!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two schools of thought December 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Reading the reviews for this disc, it seems there are two schools of thought. People either love it or hate it. I love it. As a guitarist, I have long admired Robben's lyrical approach to the instrument. But this album marries his blues/jazz chops with some good, coherent songs that move! I was impressed by the quality of Robben's song writing, which was given short shrift on his more guitaristic releases. But with the addition of some quality keys to flesh out he sound, Ford branches out into new melodic territory that, as mentioned by other reviewers, has a Steely Dan/70s feel to it. Some people I know did have to listen to the disc a couple of times for it to gel for them. If the disc comes off as uninspiring to you -- listen to it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great bluesman!
Robben Ford is one of those performers that seem to give it all. Great guitarist and vocal man. Sings the blues like no other.
Published 1 month ago by stbatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-dooper!
Robben Ford continues to be one of my favorite blues guitarists, but he can play many other genres as well. What a talent! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steven Gust
5.0 out of 5 stars Defies Expectations, Comes Out On Top!
I couldn't disagree more passionately with the negative reviews here including the incredibly shortsighted entry from Amazon. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Star Thrower
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
This cd was a major disappointment for me.It really doesnt showcase his playing..and gets lost at times. Read more
Published on September 21, 2008 by SixnStones
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart melting
This CD was unavailable for a while. Agony. I'd heard the song "If" on a radio show and wanted to buy it THAT DAY and couldn't. I wrote Mr. Read more
Published on July 21, 2007 by H. L. L.
5.0 out of 5 stars a human album
You all know Robben Ford and know his special music feeling. But with "Supernatural" he made a superb album, very different from what he did before, but more mature. Read more
Published on February 6, 2004 by Thomas Chevalier
1.0 out of 5 stars Talanted but, oh so boring!
This album is mainly for big time guitar fans. Of course Robben Ford is a very talented guitar player but I find this one rather slow and very boring. Read more
Published on February 12, 2003 by L. B. Ivarsson
4.0 out of 5 stars Smoother
Robben Ford is still one of the unsung great guitarists of this day. "Supernatural" is a reminder of his guitar prows. Read more
Published on August 7, 2002 by Russell Diederich
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice change for one of guitardom's masters.
Alot of die-hard fans aren't gonna like this change that Mr. Ford has made, but I respect it. Known for his jazz-inflected leads and buttery tone, Robben is one of the world's best... Read more
Published on December 21, 2001 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen again and again!
If I were on a desert island, this would be my first choice for music. I can listen to this CD every day and not grow tired of it. Read more
Published on August 13, 2001 by Lisa Young
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