Locked Down


Music CD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Locked Down
New Orleans legend Dr. John's Nonesuch debut, produced by Black Keys guitarist and uber-fan Dan Auerbach, releases ten new songs on Locked Down. Written by Dr. John with Auerbach and a handpicked crew of backing musicians, it contains a healthy dose of hypnotic, simmering funk.

Publisher: [New York] : Nonesuch Records Inc., p2012.
Characteristics: 1 sound disc :,digital, stereo. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jul 30, 2014
  • noisyflowers rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In recent decades, Dr. John has been very prolific but he's also become more of a niche artist known to fans of mainstream jazz and more and more disconnected from larger popular culture. This CD, produced and recorded in collaboration with Dan Auerbach (of Black Keys fame), attempts to close that gap. Fans of Dr. John's more pianistic outings won't find much to sink their teeth into here but fans of his early R&B recordings (which have have always been the ones most likely to connect with a rock audience) should really dig this plugged in outing. This isn't exactly a pastiche of those early recordings but it's not a radical departure either, it's Dr. John picking up a thread he had left behind and tweeking it a bit with the help of a sympathetic collaborator.

Nov 19, 2012

Wow. I was already a Dr. John fan, but the addition of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach has made this album truly amazing. If you aren't familiar with either the good Dr.'s work, or the music of the Black Keys, give this one a try. It's a great intro to both. If you are a fan of either, you don't want to miss this.


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