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Robert Johnson — The Centennial Collection

All of the blues great's tunes on two CDs.

Stephen Carradini May 10th, 2011

I don’t like blues. I appreciate that it beget most music I listen to, but I just can’t stand to hear the repetitive form.


So when Robert Johnson’s “The Centennial Collection” was released, I jumped at the chance to reform my opinion on the genre via the greatest bluesman of them all. It features all of Johnson's recorded output, just like the 1990 release, "The Complete Recordings," but features different text in the included booklet.

Forty-two tracks later, I still don’t like blues. I have heard 29 Johnson songs and 13 alternate takes of the same tunes, which sound exactly the same to me. Johnson certainly knew what he was doing; that’s no disappointment. I just am not interested after four or five consecutive tunes (I note “consecutive” for the full disclosure that I did not even try to listen to the whole thing in one sitting).

There is one thing to be said for this double-CD release, however: I can definitively say that I have tried my hardest to like blues and failed. If you’re a fan of Johnson and don’t already own his full discography, having all his output in one release will be quite nice. If you’re like me and are on the fence, this is also a worthy listen for you.

I just fell on the “nope, no thanks” side. —Stephen Carradini

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05.10.2011 at 03:17 Reply

This is a terrible review. It starts off "I don't like blues"  The article should have ended there.


05.10.2011 at 04:22 Reply

My review of this review:

First let me start out by stating that I'm not a big fan of bad reviews. When I saw Stephen Caradini had written a blues review, I decided to give it a chance. The review was very disappointing. I'm not sure why someone would bother writing a review if they are just going to write about their personal music taste rather than the content they are allegedly reviewing. Even a constructive negative review would be better. I did find the article easy to read. The readibility just wasn't enough. I tried to like bad reviews but it didn't work for me.

If you like bad reviews or just reviews that are easy to read, I reccommend this review. Even if you prefer good reviews or hard to read reviews, you might give this one a whirl; but you might be disappointed.


05.10.2011 at 04:27 Reply

Total FAIL, Mr. Carradini. Please stick to what you know and avoid reviewing what you don't understand.

Barring free jazz, SquarePusher and indigenous folk melodies, please name a style of music that doesn't have a "repetitive form".


05.10.2011 at 10:39 Reply

Who hired this guy??  Did he actually get his job based on any sort of quality writings that he may have submitted, and if so, were they ever checked to see if they were plagerized (sp)???  I agree with Kimmah.....starting the review off with "I don't like blues" am assuming that the album didn't have any sort of chance from the beginning on a decent review from this guy.  Funny how things work....usually if you expect something to suck, before actually experiencing it....your mind has already been made up.  Milliions of folks have based the "blues" and it's "genre" on the likes of Robert Johnson, his life, and recordings, and you wiped your ass with it.  I am not saying that you have to give everything a "good" review, but damn had your mind made up before the first guitar lick.  One word of advice.....stay a LONG WAY away from Clarksdale, MS.  Waaaayyyyy too much repetition for you to understand.......but the finest musicians in the world were born, grew up, and still reside there. 


05.26.2011 at 12:19 Reply

Good Lord, it would do a disservice to literate alcoholics to ask if Mr. Carradini was drunk when he wrote this.  Please tell me that the Gazette doesn't actually pay Mr. Carradini.  A review that fails to mention a specific song, a lyrical passage, Mr. Johnson's virtuoso guitar playing or his plaintive voice is not a review at all.  It is drivel.  Was Mr. Carradini's livejournal account closed the day he wrote this?