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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Fontana
  • ASIN: B004MR9KFI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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titolo-how to become clairvoyant- (deluxe edition)artista-robbie robertson etichetta-fontana-n. dischi2data-12 aprile 2011supporto-cd audiogenere-pop e rock internazionale--------branidisco 11.straight down the line 2.when the night was young 3.he don't live here no more 4.the right mistake 5.this is where i get off 6.fear of falling 7.she's not mine 8.madame x 9.axman 10.won't be back 11.how to become clairvoyant 12.tango for django disco 21.the right mistake 2.he don't live here no more 3.fear of falling 4.this is where i get off 5.madame x 6.houdini

BBC Review

Erstwhile leader of The Band, Jaime Royal ‘Robbie’ Robertson has enjoyed a curiously disjointed solo career since taking leave of the influential Canadian quintet in 1976. A smattering of studio and film production work, a couple of soundtracks and four inconsistent solo albums have all failed to match the heights the 20-something Torontonian achieved in penning classics like The Weight or The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Yet the enduring pervasiveness of such songs will guarantee him iconic status to the grave.

Quitting The Band is just one of the rear-view mirror topics the now 67-year-old Robertson addresses on this nostalgia-soaked album, his first of the 21st century ("We drifted off course / We couldn’t strike up the band," he sighs in the compellingly confessional This Is Where I Get Off). Indeed, the sense of a man coming to terms with his past is palpable throughout many of How to Become Clairvoyant’s dozen, slickly produced essays.

Conceived in conjunction with old six-string compadre Eric Clapton, who guests alongside organist Steve Winwood, pedal steel player Robert Randolph and, bizarrely, Trent Reznor on ‘sonic textures’, it’s an album as rich in tonal layers as it is strewn in guitar solos. Arguably, Robertson’s signature guitar style, all slippery Curtis Mayfield licks and slyly funky, tremolo string bends, is more in evidence here than on anything he’s released since demise of The Band. The fourth-best singer in that group also puts his serviceable baritone to surprisingly effective use, particularly on the mooching, soulful title-track and Won’t Be Back, a gently mournful, lovelorn ballad that might have been tailored for the larynx of The Band’s Richard Manuel.

While there’s much to marvel at, not everything convinces. Lumpy blues efforts The Right Mistake and Fear of Falling (partly sung by Clapton) feel phoned in, titles from central casting in search of a coherent song. And while sonically the shimmering, cavernous She’s Not Mine recalls Robertson’s eponymously titled, Daniel Lanois-produced 1987 solo debut, it also sounds like something a particularly hymnal Deacon Blue might have knocked up. A rock’n’roll eminence grise deserves better than that.

--David Sheppard

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Having been a huge fan of The Band and also liked his 2nd solo album Storyville and listened to the entire album on npr.org - I couldn't wait to invest in this -his latest effort. Robbie cleverly uses backing singers to enhance his own "lightweight" singing style and the guitar work by himself and various guests is awesome.
There are several tracks that you buy into immediately (Straight Down The Line & He Don't Live Here No More)and some that grow on you after several "listens".

Several reviewers have made note of the wait since Robbie's last album (13 years)- in my opinion his 3rd & 4th albums (based on Native American chants) were hugely disappointing - you need to go back to 1991 and the release of Storyville to have heard anything as good as this.

There are clear references to things in his past that in hindsight he possibly regrets and in This Is Where I Get Off - I presume he refers to the acrimonious split up of The Band and the bitterness that ensued. I understand that he is considering writing his memoirs - it will be interesting to note the differences between his recollections and those of Levon Helm in This Wheel's On Fire.
As my title suggests - well worth the wait..............
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I love The Band and Robertson't writing in that group.
I like his imperfect voice and his unusual approach to guitar playing but, having said that, I've thought all of his solo endeavors were kind of hit and miss, including his first one, though that was probably his most consistent.
This album is OK, but it seems that after such a long wait there might be a few more interesting songs on it.
I've read that the Clapton collaborations are 10 years old.
It's not a bad album, but the next time I want a real shot of RR I'll probably go back and listen to his work with Mssrs Helm, Danko, Manuel and Hudson.
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On his first album in 13 years, Robbie Robertson resumes his fascination with the great American mythos.
It's fine while he's reminiscing about Sonny Boy Williamson and Pops Staples in "Straight Down the Line", but gets a bit corny when he's on about meeting card-sharps, grifters and tent-show evangelists, and a touch excruciating when he's commemorating fallen guitar heroes in "Axman".
The more personal tracks - leaving The Band in "This Is Where I Get Off", and cleaning up his act in "He Don't Live Here" - are the most moving, but he's always been able to write songs better than he sings them, which didn't matter when he had The Band's three great voices to animate his narratives. Clapton and Winwood are among the guests, but steel guitarist Robert Randolph is the standout turn.
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By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2011
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I don't think that Robbie has made a completely successful album since leaving the Band and on this his fifth solo album he recruits Eric Clapton (who co-wrote three tracks with Robertson), Steve Winwood, Trent Reznor, Tom Morello and Robert Randolph to help him out. The rhythm section throughout is bass player Pino Palladino and drummer Ian Thomas. The album is produced by Robertson and Mariusl De Vries and has a similar layered sound to his 1987 solo debut produced by Daniel Lanois.

We get off to a great start with "Straight down the line" which sounds really good but goes on a bit too long. I also really liked the bluesy "The right mistake" and "When the Night Was Young" and "Fear of Falling", featuring Clapton on vocals, sounds very much like one of Clapton's own tracks. "This is Where I Get Off" is a nice personal track that tells about Robbie leaving the Band and is probably the track that sounds most like the Band. The other tracks are all OK, very atmospheric with a large variety of sounds and all sound very good, Clapton plays some nice guitar and Palladino's bass is outstanding. I couldn't really see the point of the demo versions - which were not that different from the finished songs but we do get the extra track "Houdini" which is quite nice.

For me there aren't enough really good songs here, the two instrumentals sounded like fillers and there is certainly nothing as good as Robbie's best work for the Band. All though saying that he has definitely moved on from the Band and is trying something different sonically, while his lyrics still reflect his intrest in the American scene and US history. This is certainly an interesting record that could well grow on me.
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Always been a fan of robbie robertson so was keen to sample the new album. Bought it and it is top quality with the likes of eric clapton co-writing a number of tracks and playing some nice guitar.

Good value with 12 tracks and an additional cd of demo's.

Buy with confidence
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Hmm as said a welcome return but the strange thing is this isn't his best work or even his best solo work BUT to me it's one of the most enjoyable albums I've heard in along time. Don't know why that should be but it sounds as if he's enjoying himself and the tracks with Clapton hold up well.......... one to be judged on a very personal level
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ultra cool dude or aging pseud, well the answer to that probably lies "in the ear of the beholder".

Given his back catalogue giving five stars may seem overly generous and perhaps it is (can it compare to the "brown album" the first solo effort or music for the native American? all most definitely, five stars)

All I can say is that I was giving this a second hearing whilst reading a book yesterday afternoon.

I kept putting the book down and didn't manage to get through a page. I just kept reaching for the enclosed booklet, intrigued and fascinated by what I was hearing.

Musically "Broken arrow", in feeling more "Somewhere down the crazy River" whilst in quality this reviewer thinks very, very good indeed.

I really don't think any fan will regret the purchase.
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