Despite a prolific solo career spanning three+ decades, Robbie Robertson admittedly hasn’t penned too many songs about his own life. His first album in five years, Sinematic still has the spectral electronic pulse that’s become the post-Band Robertson trademark sound he first began developing with Daniel Lanois on 1987’s eponymously titled solo debut. And it could very well be the best of Robertson’s solo discography, rife with elements heard on previous LPs like Storyville, Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy and How To Become Clairvoyant. But this effort is bolder, stronger and more personal than ever.
Always earnest, David Byrne wants you to know that the title of his forthcoming release, American Utopia, is unironic and the songs contained therein touch upon possibilities, feelings of discontent and desire. Byrne’s usual brand of arcane storytelling coupled with sonically robust instrumentation is found throughout.