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  • Summary: The first solo release from The Band guitarist since 2011's How To Become Clairvoyant was inspired in part by his work on the score for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and features contributions from such artists as Doyle Bramhall II, Citizen Cope, Glen Hansard, DJ Howie B, Van Morrison, andThe first solo release from The Band guitarist since 2011's How To Become Clairvoyant was inspired in part by his work on the score for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and features contributions from such artists as Doyle Bramhall II, Citizen Cope, Glen Hansard, DJ Howie B, Van Morrison, and Derek Trucks. Expand
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  1. Sep 18, 2019
    80
    This is a highly creative album that only Robertson could deliver. It’s not perfect but it’s highly memorable and well-conceived.
  2. 80
    Headphones enhance the experience as they help immerse the listener in Robertson’s edgy, creative and literate world.
  3. Sep 20, 2019
    70
    Robertson pops off some hot wah-wah’d leads, and you remember: this guy is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock. Ultimately, the best moments on Sinematic are those kind. Robertson’s guitar is a voice that always rings true.
  4. Mojo
    Sep 18, 2019
    60
    Everything on Sinematic is huge, layered, expertly grooved and overladen with Robertson's parched voice hamming up lyrics which offset the standard portentousness of a rock great sermonising from the Mount with underspun True Crime yarns like I Hear You Paint House, Shanghai Blues and the Orson Wells tribute, The Shadow. [Oct 2019, p.84]
  5. Sep 20, 2019
    60
    Although Robertson's delivery often veers toward the hammy -- he relishes the B-movie gangsters on "Shanghai Blues" and hisses out “hardwired for sex” as if was a snake lying in the grass -- there are pleasures to be had in this upscale affair.
  6. Uncut
    Sep 18, 2019
    50
    The best songs here are the instrumentals. As a songwriter he relies on too many cliches, remains fiercely devoted to a stiff ABAB rhyme scheme and offers too few insights into his underworld characters. [Oct 2019, p.36]
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 3, 2019
    50
    A muddled attempt to signal contemporary relevance. [Oct 2019, p.88]
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  1. Sep 20, 2019
    9
    Maybe the best one of Robbie Robertson's post-The Band albums. 'Sinematic' consists of elements heard in his previous LPs as 'Storyville',Maybe the best one of Robbie Robertson's post-The Band albums. 'Sinematic' consists of elements heard in his previous LPs as 'Storyville', 'Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy' and 'How To Become Clairvoyant' but this album is bolder and stronger while also being more personal than ever. Robbie's older voice is a great match to the songs and the backing vocalists (among them Mr. Van Morrison) have plenty of room to shine. Robbie's distinctive guitar playing is darker and more aggressive than in his previous album and his scarce solos serve the songs perfectly. Expand