9 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robbie Robertson's first solo album sounds remarkably different from his previous work with The Band, due to his teaming up with producer Daniel Lanois (whose ethereal textures bring out a new level of emotion in his music) and members of Peter Gabriel's backing band. Robertson wasn't considered much of a singer during his tenure with The Band, but here he makes up for lost time with a set that's simply majestic. "Fallen Angel," with Gabriel, pays tribute to the late Band pianist Richard Manuel, with Band organist Garth Hudson adding keyboard flourishes. Gabriel details the striking "Broken Arrow," which became a hit for Rod Stewart. U2 collaborates on "Sweet Fire of Love" and "Testimony." The album is an atmospheric tour de force, a slice of ambient rock 'n' roll, with "Sonny Got Caught in the Moonlight" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" highlighting this approach. A slew of special guests keeps things bright and shiny, while Robertson handles the darker end of the spectrum. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robbie Robertson's first solo album sounds remarkably different from his previous work with The Band, due to his teaming up with producer Daniel Lanois (whose ethereal textures bring out a new level of emotion in his music) and members of Peter Gabriel's backing band. Robertson wasn't considered much of a singer during his tenure with The Band, but here he makes up for lost time with a set that's simply majestic. "Fallen Angel," with Gabriel, pays tribute to the late Band pianist Richard Manuel, with Band organist Garth Hudson adding keyboard flourishes. Gabriel details the striking "Broken Arrow," which became a hit for Rod Stewart. U2 collaborates on "Sweet Fire of Love" and "Testimony." The album is an atmospheric tour de force, a slice of ambient rock 'n' roll, with "Sonny Got Caught in the Moonlight" and "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" highlighting this approach. A slew of special guests keeps things bright and shiny, while Robertson handles the darker end of the spectrum. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
95 Ratings
95 Ratings
amyjan ,

Robbie

This album brings me back to my high school days. I love his rugged voice and intelligent lyrics. Somewhere Down the Crazy River is a very cool, sexy song. Wish he had more recent stuff to offer.

deusirae ,

Truly lost classic album from the 80's

I would put this album up near the top dozed best 80's albums. Along with Peter Gabriel So this is one of the strongest albums as a whole.

While playing in the band he was behind the solo album from that seminal band. This solo debut is really amazing. Bono, Peter Gabriel, Bodeans, Ivan Neville among others play on this album.

Every song is produced well but 2 standout for me. The song Broken Arrow and Testimony are tremendous. Bono and The Edge both play on Testimony.

Much of the album has biblical overtones and you hear that uplifting concept throughout this album. Put the top down and cruise to this album. You can probably find it used for 5 buck at your local used record store, but anyway you can get it do!

runninggirly ,

A true classic, 20 years old but still fresh.

I remember listening to this album over and over and over in the 80s, with my favorites tracks being Broken Arrow, Somewhere Down the Crazy River, and the U2 duet Sweet Fire of Love. So maybe he's not the best singer, but that's not always what great music is about. This album smokes with steamy-sultry-sexiness, and to this day, all I need is to hear a few bars from one of my favorites and I feel myself relax--it's like seeing an old friend again. If you haven't given it a listen yet, try one the three I've recommended.

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