For one thing, the album has more guest stars than previously, including Eric Clapton, labelmate R&B singer Leela James, and Dave Matthews. Also, parts of the album seem designed to give Randolph's music more of a contemporary pop edge.
But nothing can distract from Randolph's raw talent. His guitar playing, as well as the undeniable chops of The Family Band, make Colorblind a highly enjoyable album. Randolph's take on the familiar classic rock chestnut "Jesus Is Just Alright" takes what could be an obligatory nod to rock familiarity and turns it into a gospel and guitar hero workout with Clapton trading licks with the younger guitarist. It's a powerful performance and one of the album standouts.
Elsewhere on the CD, Randolph ventures into snappy horn-driven R&B territory with the song "Diane." He also delivers a pre-emptive strike on those perplexed by his genre-bending approach to music with his album opener, "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That."
Colorblind doesn't deliver a whole lot of lyrical message in its eleven songs and it bogs down when it slows down, but the high points make up for the dips in the road.