Dr. John - Locked Down
In this day, being a revival artist in the arena is menacingly challenging when old time veterans like Dr. John are still here ready to kick your ass. At age 71, New Orleans native Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. (a.k.a. Dr. John) returns with his latest LP, “Locked Down”: a world-weary, indignant and dark album colored in with kick-ass funk, blues and R&B textures.
It always seems like influential artists of the past own an exclusive rite of way to critical acclaim. It’s a staple of music criticism, but also a factor that gets scrutinized by youngsters. While a marginal slice of young listeners pay homage to classic musicians, it’s understandable, to a degree, why they wouldn’t be interested in listening to Willie Nelson’s new album or the 900th Bob Dylan Greatest Hits reissue. In perspective, this notion makes “Locked Down” even sweeter; despite decades of reputation, this thing makes no sacrifices and rocks hard. Dr. John understands the dynamic of his seniority, making adjustments to better suit his age without sacrificing quality. The doctor does this with help of Black Keys frontman and guitarist Dan Auerbach, who makes this album a gem with stellar production efforts sprinkled with some guitar and back-up vocal work.
From the killer brass jams on “Revolution” to the gritty and aged blues theme song “Big Shot”, “Locked Down” is a consistent album loaded with engrossing lyricism slathered with classic New Orleans styled blues-gone-funk grooves served with a modern punch to knock you out, whether you care for past generations of music or not. (9/10)
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