Levitate (Bruce Hornsby album)

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Levitate Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
LabelVerve Records
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers chronology
Camp Meeting
Bride of the Noisemakers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Levitate is the tenth studio album by Bruce Hornsby. It was Hornsby's third studio album with his touring band, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, and was his first release with Verve Records.

Somewhat a musical departure for Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Levitate features no piano solos. Many of the songs also feature lyrical motifs of science and nature. Several songs were co-written with Chip DeMatteo for a stage musical titled SCKBSTD.

The title track was used in Spike Lee's documentary Kobe Doin' Work. Invisible was featured in the Bobcat Goldthwait movie World's Greatest Dad, in which Hornsby also made a cameo appearance as himself.

Much like the 2004 release Halcyon Days, Levitate features guest artists and those close to Hornsby, most notably Eric Clapton, Hornsby's twin sons Russell and Keith, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, and Hornsby's nephew R.S. Hornsby, who was killed in a car accident less than a week after recording a memorable guitar solo on "Continents Drift." The album has been dedicated to his memory.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Black Rats of London" (B.R. Hornsby)
  2. "Prairie Dog Town" (B.R. Hornsby, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Broadus, Chad Hugo)
  3. "Cyclone" (B.R. Hornsby, Robert Hunter)
  4. "Continents Drift" (B.R. Hornsby, Chip DeMatteo)
  5. "Paperboy" (B.R. Hornsby, Chip DeMatteo)
  6. "Invisible" (B.R. Hornsby)
  7. "Levitate" (B.R. Hornsby, Thomas Newman (Score from The Shawshank Redemption))
  8. "Here We Are Again" (B.R. Hornsby, Chip DeMatteo)
  9. "Space is the Place" (Sonny Emory, J.V. Collier, B.R. Hornsby)
  10. "Michael Raphael" (B.R. Hornsby, Chip DeMatteo)
  11. "Simple Prayer" (B.R. Hornsby, Chip DeMatteo)
  12. "In The Low Country" (B.R. Hornsby)
  13. "I Truly Understand" - Bonus Track (B.R. Hornsby)


  • Bruce Hornsby - piano, lead vocals, dulcimer, accordion
  • J.V. Collier - bass
  • Sonny Emory - drums, samples
  • John "J.T." Thomas - keyboards, organ, backing vocals
  • Bobby Read - saxophone, clarinet
  • Doug Derryberry - guitar, backing vocals
  • Eric Clapton - guitar on "Space is the Place"
  • R.S. Hornsby - guitar on "Continents Drift"
  • Andy Leftwich - fiddle on "The Black Rats of London"
  • 12-year-old Keith and Russell Hornsby - vocals and rap on "Space is the Place"


Chart (2009) Peak
US Billboard 200[2] 116
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[3] 47