Robbie Robertson releases first album in 13 years
Robbie Robertson, fabled guitarist and songwriter for the Band, has released his first album in 13 years, "How To Become Clairvoyant." Other new releases this week include a Japan relief compilation, "Songs for Japan," featuring an all-star cast of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, U2, Beyonc� and others; The Kills' "Blood Pressures"; and Smithereens' "2011."
At 67, Robbie Robertson says he loves recording, though 13 years have passed since his last album. Robertson cast his new one, "How To Become Clairvoyant," like a movie. Eric Clapton appears on seven songs; Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Steve Winwood and Dawes singer Taylor Goldsmith also play. It's a rootsy, guitar-oriented disc, featuring Robertson's soft growl and phrasing that evokes Bob Dylan. It's his most personal record, too. "He Don't Live Here No More" talks about his days partying with housemate Martin Scorsese. "When the Night Was Young" waxes about the 1960s counterculture when the Band and Dylan worked together.
Jon Bream, Star Tribune, Minneapolis