These threads about Robben always bend my mind.
We're talking about a guy who has made his living playing the electric guitar since like '72, a guy who played with Jimmy Witherspoon, Charlie Musselwhite, the LA Express, The Yellow Jackets, Miles Davis - Miles 'freakin Davis, has his own solo career, has been a sideman for huge names like Joni Mitchel, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Little Feat, Michael McDonald, Lionel Richie, and yet people still question his abilities and taste.
Blows my mind. I think he's one of the most skilled guitar players I've ever heard in any idiom, I think he sings just fine, and he's probably the best accompanist on guitar while he's singing that I've ever heard anywhere, ever.
Robben can stand and play well in so many idioms; blues, jazz, rock, funk, R&B. His song selection always has a strong nod to the past but with hip new arrangements, and he covers a lot of old gems, again from various idioms.
It's not hero worship I have for Robben - it's "props", due to a guy who's truly earned 'em the hard way, ON STAGE for everybody to hear.
Sheesh, I guess that's one of the 'virtues' of the internet - people express their opinions, however little insight they may have to offer.
As usual, well put Dana...