We Walk This Road

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  • Summary: Working with producer T. Bone Burnett, Robert Randolph picked songs representing the roots of 20th century American music.
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  1. The uplifting set includes takes on lost gospel and blues numbers as well as reworkings of Bob Dylan's "Shot of Love," John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama" (featuring guitarist Doyle Bramhall II) and Prince's "Walk Don't Walk."
  2. 80
    Throughout, Randolph's playing is joyously flashy, yet never glib or predictable.
  3. Jun 28, 2011
    Put simply, the album blends gospel, blues and rock but with some exciting interpretations of interesting old records.
  4. There's an unguarded directness to these translations, for better or worse.
  5. We Walk This Road finds virtuoso steel guitarist Robert Randolph and company finally hitting their studio groove, but, as the title implies, it also serves as a testimony to the hardships and tribulations of hitting the pavement.
  6. Producer T Bone Burnett works subtly, using old samples of standards like "Traveling Shoes" as segues into Randolph's songs, and Randolph finds the sweet, soulful spot covering tunes by three rock legends: Bob Dylan, Prince, and John Lennon.
  7. What We Walk This Road lacks in over-the-top displays of technique, it makes up for in soul, as Randolph's tasteful playing and subtle vocal phrasings emerge more clearly when not fighting for space inside overloaded arrangements.

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