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How To Become Clairvoyant

How To Become Clairvoyant

April 5, 2011
4.1 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Label: 429 Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Macrobiotic Records / SLG LLC.
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  • Total Length: 59:09
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  • ASIN: B004UNB1R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,480 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Johnny K. Kroll on April 5, 2011
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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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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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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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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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I bought this CD as soon as it came out as I own three other solo efforts by this man. The fact that he's only released five solo albums with them coming like every 10 years is unbelievable because he is incredibly talented. He's able to capture this New Orleans mellow blues style that I haven't heard anywhere else except from maybe The Band (which he was a member of for those of you too young to know). Favorite song is definitely "He Don't Live Here No More" but a strong contender is "The Right Mistake" or "When the Night Was Young." The latter captures a haunting melody that does take me back to youth but the music sounds like I could hear it on Bourbon Street because it's gotta a crazy, happy undertone to it. Even though I know Robbie sings about the sixties on the track the fact that he's captured a universal melody takes me on the ride. Again, I stress it's a mellow CD but that doesn't take away from the artistic talent alive here within each track. If you're fan of production you'll know what I'm talking about. Check out the title track and a couple of tracks with Clapton; (anyone remember The Last Waltz with "Further on Up the Road") talk about two guys in synch.

Yes, I'm showing a bit of favoritism but it's only because when I put the CD in I find myself going "where has this guy been?" and "if musicians today would take a listen maybe they'd learn everything doesn't have to be a recycled U-2 or Linkin Park guitar bit." The music world is missing this guy and that's a real shame. As for what he's been doing, I know he's been busy.
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