Friday, April 13, 2012
That down home, swampy, voodoo-infused, R&B-flavored funk coming off the bayou is wicked new music from our old friend Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., otherwise known as The Night Tripper, the Zu Zu Man, or just plain Dr. John. This time out, the great New Orleans piano man joins forces with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who also produced this brand new, old school album, "Lockdown." The album has a retro feel, like old R&B you might catch on a super station in the middle of the night coming out of Louisiana. This is dark and rich as Nawlins gumbo--not your typical fast food radio fodder, but a bubblin' roux of spicy crayfish, andouille sausage and red hot peppers. No doubt about it, Dr. John has got his mojo back, and this might be his best album since he talked the gris-gris and walked on gilded splinters. Here's a tasty little lagniappe, REVOLUTION.