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Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
Duke Robillard?s won a reputation as one of finest guitarists in blues, but this disc also displays his command of rock ?n? roll, country, and jazz balladry. The latter drives his duet with country star Pam Tillis, "I?ll N... more »
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Duke Robillard?s won a reputation as one of finest guitarists in blues, but this disc also displays his command of rock ?n? roll, country, and jazz balladry. The latter drives his duet with country star Pam Tillis, "I?ll Never Be Free," which plays off their easy vocal interplay, Robillard?s classic picking, and his band?s swinging drive. It?s also a pleasure to hear him singing and slinging guitars with blueswoman Debbie Davies on the chugging shuffle "How Long Has It Been." But the best moments may be Robillard?s incendiary solos, like when he uncorks his Stratocaster in the middle of "Deep Inside," matching his lyrics? cry of aching devotion with a hailstorm of quivering bent notes and brightly snapped strings in sharp, stinging phrases. Three songs later he?s playing in a twang and tremolo style like a Texas roadhouse veteran. In any context, what comes from Robillard?s nimble fingers and open mind is the sound of a master at work. --Ted Drozdowski
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Duke's trying something new, again-give him a break or a try
40+yrslistening&still_learning | Colorado | 09/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For Duke fans, such as certain of the preceding reviewers, satisfaction with Exalted Lover may be challenging based on how far he has deviated this time from their expectations. Duke has always been into variety, but this time he goes a few places his fans may not expect. The fact is, he has a long and illustrious career and has played so many excellent guitar moments (and in such a variety of styles) that he probably needs a break from being "Mr. Guitar." In any case, this leaves him trying to carry more weight with his singing, which is his lesser strength. So, 1 star off for limited guitar work, 1 star off for too much reliance on his respectable-but-not-award-winning singing, 1 star off for including a bit of country music (every critic has his prejudice), but 1 star back for stretching stylistically to prevent stagnation.
So you just need to hear more Duke on guitar? Then try any of the other 15 or so albums of Duke's that are available, all of which are drenched with marvelous guitar work. If you like any of his work, then you know he's pretty timeless, so an older album that's new to you may be more satisfying than a new release that's not your stylistic preference. If you already have all his albums, then you know he's earned your respect whether this release suits your taste or not."