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- Format: Import
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ROBBIE ROBERTSON -STORYVILLE Import
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His unique sound gets a little flavor of Louisiana in this recording, with help from artists like the Neville brothers, and most of the tracks boast terrific horn arrangements (by Wardell Quezergue, except on "Day of Reckoning", which is by Mark Isham). All the songs are written by Robertson, and are laced with his brilliant guitar work, and his smoky, husky voice is always a soothing delight to listen to.
Highlights for me are "Day of Reckoning", about a first time love gone astray ("Tangled twisted strands of love / Hanging from above"), and "Sign of the Rainbow", an atmospheric, mystical song about knowing "The silence between the words".
Two singles culled from this album were "Go Back to Your Woods" ("Come here trying to make a connection / Must have a bad sense of direction"), and "What about Now" ("We grow up so slowly and grow old so fast").
Robertson's creative genius has flourished since The Band's "The Last Waltz", and continues to grow with film scores and several solo CDs to his credit. His music is always marked by excellence, and a singular vision.
The booklet insert has all the lyrics and recording information, and the total time is 54'55.
This time Mr Robertson has gone more for a "laid back" style, more of a collection of soundscapes and textures than straightforward song writing.
This he pulls off with the help of some star guest musicians, starting with the opening track "Night Parade" which has Jerry Marotta playing drums.
Mr Marotta has played in the past with the likes of "Steely Dan" and Peter Gabriel to name a few of the musicians he has played for.
On further inspection of the sleeve notes you will find the lies of Paul Moore on keyboards from the "Blue Nile" on the following track "Hold Back the Dawn" adding his signature keyboard sound, which adds sonic texture this is then counter pointed by the sound of Mr Robertson's solo guitar playing along with Rick Danko's from "Robbie's old group "The Band" backing vocals.
The next track in the running order was co-written by the great piano player Bruce Hornsby, this song is one of the stand-out tracks of the album with the organ playing of "Art Neville" and the horn arrangement of Wardell Quezergue making the song stand out from the previous tracks.
"Soap Box Preacher" will make followers of Neil Young stand up and take notice because if you listen very carefully you will hear him singing background vocals on this track.
"Day of Reckoning(burin' for you)" is another of the tracks on this album that benefits from the Paul Moore of the "Blue Nile" fame playing keyboards, along with the horn arrangement of Mark Isham, Mr Isham is a trumpet player who has played for the likes of David Sylvian and Joni Mitchell" in his long career.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my opinion this CD is even better than his debut album. Great athmosphere! Super recording quality. Safe to buy!Published on 17 Jan. 2012 by mark
I bought this album because I loved his previuos solo album "Robbie Robertson" I've yet to have the songs grow on me as quickly as "Somewhere Down a Lazy River" did. Read morePublished on 6 April 2011 by Terry Pike