Robbie Robertson, Ray Davies, Daft Punk, the Kills, the Raveonettes, Bill Callahan

April 5, 2011

By Kurt B. Reighley
Special to MSN Music

It is a fine week to be an established star with a teeming Rolodex at the ready, or a gritty boy-girl two-piece ready to change pace.

Robbie Robertson has never been one to churn out albums like clockwork. Eleven years elapsed between the Band's "Last Waltz" in 1976 and his eponymous 1987 solo debut. Fans have waited even longer for "How to Become Clairvoyant." Whereas his previous two records, including 1998's "Contact From the Underworld of Redboy," drew extensively on his Native American heritage, the multi-instrumentalist's fifth full-length delves into his musical history, including a tune that addresses his split from the Band ("This Is Where I Get Off"). Robertson draws from an impressive pool of colleagues to help realize his vision: Eric Clapton (who co-wrote three songs), Steve Winwood, Robert Randolph, Trent Reznor and Tom Morello.

 

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