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Keys To The Kingdom

February 1, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Label: Songs Of The South
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Songs Of The South Records
  • Total Length: 47:36
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B004IXBCJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,860 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K C on February 1, 2011
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Being a long time North Mississippi All-Star fan, I have been looking forward to hearing Keys To the Kingdom. This being the first LP from Luther and Cody since the death of their father, Jim Dickinson, I knew this would be an emotional album with heart and soul... and it is. In fact, Mr. Dickinson is listed as the album's producer... and it is a fitting tribute as it reflects much of his style.

The album starts stomping with the groovin' beat oriented "This A'Way". It is not a sizzling rocker, but more like a funky mid-tempo barrel house blues with a great guitar solo in the middle. The next song, "Jumpercable Blues" has a more electric tone with the same great slide guitar work reminiscent of NMAS numbers of old. A true highlight of the album has Mavis Staples helping out on "The Meeting", which has a great lead up to another swampy sounding and stomping blues number. Having almost a gospel tinged feel, this song has Mavis trading lines with Luther and contains another great guitar solo.

After starting the album with a rollicking sound, "How I Wish My Train Would Come" and "Hear the Hills" have a more laid back tone that lets you know how the guys are feeling after the loss of their dad. The lyrics say it all, as they sing about trouble being their only friend and the cold rain falling down. "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" could have been taken from one of Jim's old albums, and the old 'is it electric or acoustic' type of NMAS groove fits nicely with the honky tonk sound. More of Luther's slide work is highlighted on "Let It Roll" before going back to a slower song full of more lyrical tributes to their dad, as "Ain't No Grave" reveals some more thoughtful lyrics about death and dying. It is not a slow dirge by any means though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G-man on April 1, 2011
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I am a big Allstars fan, as well as a hill country fan of Kimbrough, Payton, Burnside et all. This cd is not what I expected from the Allstars, who normally are great. The vocals seem loud for the muted instruments. Its not completely unplugged but if you expected the electric boogie you usually get from them this may come as a disappointment. Not to say an acoustic cd with a lot of tasty slide wouldn't work- it probably would,
Keep on keepin' on brothers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrSavoie2U on February 23, 2011
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I had limited exposure to North Mississippi AllStars before I bought this cd, but I can honestly say I like this style here. I hope they stick to it personally, it fits them well. Much more so than trying blend so many styles together like their previous two studio releases. If you're into that old school down south blues I highly recommend this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fremy on October 28, 2011
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I first heard the song "Hear The Hills" while I was driving to pick out the headstone for my favorite client that had died a few days before. I simply HAD to purchase this cd! I will always remember this guy with a smile & chuckle every time I hear this heartfelt song. I love this cd and recommend it to anyone that is already a fan of the North Mississippi Allstars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark in B'more on April 22, 2011
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I had the good fortune a number of years back to be driving late night on the PA turnpike and tuning into a small market PA station playing a cut by RL Burnside. I was hooked at that moment. After devouring everything I could find by RL I was led me to The North Mississippi Allstars.

Seen them live at least four times now and they're consistently exciting. Luther will set your ears on fire and give you an education at the same time. Cody plays the drums with more nads than a mortal man dare possess smiling all the while. The appropriately named Chris Chew is the glue. One rockin band live.

Which brings me to this latest release. I really don't understand where some of the negative comments are coming from. If you really want more of Shake Hands With Shorty find another band who hasn't progressed past their first release. SHWS was a great statement at that time but c'mon people, if you're not going to evolve why do it ?

I love what they've done here. These guys are roots music, they're not going to blow you away with fancy production. Luther took a side trip with the Crowes and there's a mellowing influence here (although can't necessarily attribute it to that). I'm hearing other things too. Maybe a little bit Mick Taylor "Let It Bleed" era stuff and a little Westerburg at his prime but it ends up being unmistakably Luther... one freaking world class guitarist. If he'd been around when the Stones were auditioning during Black n Blue who knows ???

I love "This a' Way" and my Lord "How I Wish My Train Would Come" puts the tears in my eyes thinking about where those lyrics came from. Plus a seriously renegade version of Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile..."

But the final touch is understated on the rear cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Brandt on September 23, 2011
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A wonderful mix of heartfelt blues, without being sappy. A celebration of the full circle of life, without being preachy. Deep without being pretentious. Even without knowing the backstory, this album brings out goosebumps, chills and a tear to the eye -- and I mean that in a good way. I've heard several of these songs live as well, which adds additional goosebumps. If you have never seen the North Mississippi Allstars live, I recommend that you do. Be it a club late at night, or under the summer sun at a music festival with the whole family, it is always worth the effort. But back to this album...Great Stuff!! For the guitar playing, the lyrics, the driving drums (always solid, never too much -- I hate too much drums) and the ever-present bass playing by Chris Chew. I would take this album with me if I were going to be stuck on a desert island. Seriously, but it! :)
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