We Walk This Road - Robert Randolph
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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. Jun 28, 2011
    80
    Put simply, the album blends gospel, blues and rock but with some exciting interpretations of interesting old records.
  3. 80
    T Bone Burnett combines his vast understanding of American roots music with Randolph's vital grounding in gospel on the sacred steel virtuoso's third studio album. [Jul 2010, p.117]
  4. 80
    Throughout, Randolph's playing is joyously flashy, yet never glib or predictable.
  5. Modernity tarnishes after a while ("Walk Don't Walk," "Dry Bones"), but Leon Russell's piano on closing prayer "Salvation" caresses penitent. We Walk This Road, pathfinder.
  6. We Walk This Road is a consistently surprising tour de force that moves easily through rock, blues, R&B, gospel, and more, sometimes bringing them all together at the same time.
  7. 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.
  8. There's an unguarded directness to these translations, for better or worse.
  9. 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.
  10. Burnett's production is well-intentioned, but the vibe is a little too restrained, the burn a little too controlled.
  11. Producer T Bone Burnett brings a sense of consistency, and Ben Harper helps out on a handsome revamp of Blind Willie Johnson's ''If I Had My Way.''
  12. 60
    [It] features sleek R&B versions of mostly traditional gospel and blues numbers, some bookended with fragments of the originals, alongside interesting covers of things like Dylan's "Shot of Love".
  13. 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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