Release Date: 2011-04-06
In order to enjoy this album, it helps to have followed Bob Dylan’s career since his “Judas!” era (or if you’ve seen Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, which chronicles the last show of Dylan’s infamous, superb backing band). But such preparation isn’t required to enjoy Robertson’s first solo album in 10 years — his best and most personal yet. For the first time, Robertson addresses his departure from the Band (“This Is Where I Get Off”), the guitarists who influenced him (“Axman”), and his early days backing Ronnie Hawkins (“When The Night Was Young”). The album was co-produced by Robertson and collaborator Marius de Vries (Massive Attack, Björk, Rufus Wainwright) and has stellar guest appearances: Robert Randolph, Tom Morello, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton (who wrote two songs and played on six), and even Trent Reznor, the author of the cinematic, instrumental track “Madame X.” Back when “The Band” was a derogatory term used to describe those who were “ruining” Dylan’s career, Robertson kept going, and time proved him right. Keep that in mind if you don’t get this album at first: Robbie’s still right, and once Clairvoyant grabs you, it won’t let go.