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Robbie Robertson, 'How to Become Clairvoyant'

10. Robbie Robertson, 'How to Become Clairvoyant'

Robertson's fifth solo disc is a seamless marriage of innovation and tradition. There's the Melville-referencing dance rock of "He Don't Live Here No More," the guitar-gods tribute "Axman," featuring Tom Morello, and guests from Eric Clapton to Trent Reznor. Most striking, though, is hearing the gruffvoiced veteran evoke his days in the Band on "When the Night Was Young," over a melody that recalls "The Weight": "Get your heart beating in the right direction," he advises. Clairvoyant insists that you can't know where you're heading until you discover where you've been.

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