Robert Randolph has given us three very different albums in Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road. I salute him for constantly changing his sound, and not releasing new material similar to his old. This album has a mid-tempo, roots blues type of feel.
Robert Randolph himself has come a long way over the past Century. His slide playing now does not feature the same old lines we know from Unclassified, but he now plays completely original, different solos. He plays with newfound maturity and drive.
For me, the high point of this CD is the slide solo he plays about 2 minutes and 30 seconds through I Still Belong To Jesus. In that 20 second solo he plays eloquently, creates a musical statement, and ends it in one of the coolest ways ever. He really has evolved as a player.
That said, this is not Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Danyel plays much less than on the other albums, but one misses his slappin' and chordin'. Marcus doesn't play drums on most of the album, and so it is unfair to call it a family band record. They do have some amazing drummers play such as the inimitable Jim Keltner. This is not to say it is worse than a family band record would have been, it should just be called Robert Randolph and the T-Bone Brunette Band.
Don't Change, sung by Danyel, is the most low-down, stuck in the bottom blues I have heard in a while. The guitar at the beginning just punches you in the face, and never lets up. It is simply low down dirty blues transplanted into the 21st Century.
Dry Bones and I'm Not Listening are awesome, more upbeat tracks which are just great. The final track, Salvation, is quite pretty and a nice album finisher. All in all this album is a very worthy buy, particularly if you love the blues.