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Colorblind
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Colorblind
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Gospel
 
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On Colorblind, the third album from Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, and Leela James join for a jam-packed, emotion-filled, good-time party mix of funk, soul, rock, gospel, and blues.

      
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All Artists: Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Title: Colorblind
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: WEA/Reprise
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 10/10/2006
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Gospel
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Funk, Blues Rock, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands, Southern Rock, Urban & Contemporary
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624439325, 093624439363, 9325583039317, 932558303931

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On Colorblind, the third album from Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, and Leela James join for a jam-packed, emotion-filled, good-time party mix of funk, soul, rock, gospel, and blues.

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I'VE BEEN SAVED!!
Thomas D. Ryan | New York | 10/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Randolph and the Family Band may be `Colorblind," but they sure are colorful. From the first strains of "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That" to the last notes of the album closer "Homecoming," Randolph and his band switch styles more often than Christina Aguilera changes outfits. Whichever direction they lean, though, the band brings on the righteous funk with an energy that is almost supernatural. "Colorblind" is a nasty funk lollipop dipped in sanctified soul, then sprinkled with rock and roll energy. I dare you to listen to this CD while sitting down - this is music that could make a paraplegic do the moonwalk.
"Colorblind" is a high energy romp that demands participation, both physically and emotionally. Personally, I think it's great that a musician as talented as Robert Randolph can use his outsized talent for something greater than simply blowing my socks off. While the playing is never less than stellar, the message always takes precedence; family, brotherhood, faith and happiness are in abundance here, but the material never sinks into a sea of platitudes. There is simply too much energy for any of the songs to get bogged down by their message. "Jesus Is Just Alright" is an old Doobie Brothers warhorse that had been sent to pasture years ago but by some miracle (and with a bit of help from Eric Clapton) Randolph and the family band make it sound like a Derby winner. Randolph might be one of the most exciting guitar players alive today, but "Colorblind" proves that he also has the smarts to let the band play like a band, and to let the songs speak for themselves. If you want to have a good time while listening to some high energy, inspired music, then pick up "Colorblind." A Tom Ryan"
The Boy Rocks!
Todd and In Charge | Miami, FL | 10/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sure, he's tacking to create a more pure rock, hipper pop-friendly sensibility, and we've got guest stars joining him for a few songs, but this is no Santana Clive Davis fake-out -- these songs rock, Robert's pedal steel guitar sears and grooves, and while you can take the Church out of the Sinner, you can't take the sinner out of the Church.

BTW, I didn't find the remake of "Jesus is Just Alright" to be "tepid" at all -- The Clapper's voice and guitar meld nicely with the fat, tasty grooves laid down by Randolph and company, and I personally found their collaboration to be a highlight of the album. (But call me sentimental -- I still like the Byrds' version best....)

In all, a solid followup to his last album, and one that I hope breaks him through to a larger, more diverse audience."
Different is still great
Mark Matheson | Broomfield, CO United States | 10/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many reviewers are coming down on this album because it is not a xerox copy of the music and styles from Unclassified or Live At The Wetlands. Heaven forbid that RR&tFB has grown and changed a little. This disc is great on it's own merits. It is more vocally based, as opposed to the previous discs that had several instrumental tracks. The thing that is great about Colorblind is the fact that it sounds like the band is having fun!! To anyone who has had the joy of seeing Robert Randolph live, you know that his performances overflow with the joy of just being up there playing, and this is the feeling I got from listening to Colorblind. Having Clapton come in on the bridge of "Jesus Is Just Alright With Me" is pure genius. "Homecoming" tells how much the band enjoys the love they feel from their audience. All through the disc there are guitar licks and grooves non-stop. Sure, this may be different than their previous efforts, but as the opening track states, "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That.""