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by Doug Collette
Robbie Robertson's ongoing fascination with the dark(er) side of human nature, combined with his longstanding fascination with film, begs the question of why it took so long for him to fuse the two interests in a solo album. There are more than a few memorable moments scattered throughout approximately sixty minutes of music on Sinematic and to posit those in the vernacular of film criticism, the record might well receive high marks for special effects, kudos for some bit players ...read more
by Doug Collette
Robbie Robertson's Testimony and Michael Nesmith's Infinite Tuesday are both illuminating books, but only in decidedly constricted fashion. The insight each man offers into their respective timelines, as part of and apart from their famous groups, passes through filters of which neither author are wholly cognizant. The lead guitarist and chief songwriter for the Band sounds almost as guileless as his counterpart from the Monkees, but both men (and/or their respective editors) evince artful means in devising a particular slant ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Expat Canadian guitarist/vocalist Robbie Robertson has never topped his first two major-label recordings with The Band, Music From Big Pink (Capitol, 1968), that included the timeless single, The Weight," or its classic follow-up, The Band (Capitol, 1969). But, then again, neither has anyone else.Since the original Band broke up--its final days together in 1976 documented in director Martin Scorsese's 1978 film and concert recording of the same name, The Last Waltz (Warner Bros., 1978)--Robertson has largely busied himself ...read more