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"City that Care Forgot" isn't just a statement, though. You can tell when you're listening to this that the folks performing had a good time putting heart and soul into these songs.
I usually have a favorite song or two. Hands down, for me, it's "You Might Be Surprised." The lyrics really spoke to me:
"Life is a near death experience
Hell is right here on this great big Earth
It could be a little taste of heaven
If we only knew our worth
All we got to do is want it bad enough
To push ourself through
We always underestimate ourselves
We do every day we can always do better
In each and every way
If we don't believe in ourselves
Nobody's gonna do it
If we don't push ourselves
We'll never make it through it..."
If you can listen to "Dream Warrior" without tears in your eyes, you've got a 'heart of iron' as Homer says. Dr. John tells it like it is regarding the 'second battle for New Orleans.' It's the harshest hurricane protest song I've heard, be prepared.
"Black Gold" is a double entendre about oil and military recruitment and it's another political statement that people of conscience should be listening to.
"Promises, Promises" features Willie Nelson singing with the good Doctor. I am surprised at how good these two very distinctive voices sound together.
"Stripped Away" features Clapton backing.Read more ›
You know, a lot of "protest" albums suffer from the angst getting in the way of the artistry but not here. For example I was REALLY worried about the combo with Willie Nelson on "Promises, Promises" but by gum it works & makes the words truly resonate - "Promises, promises, empty words, empty words; the road to the White House, paved with lies.....fought in your wars, paid with our lives.....the truth will set you free". Yet the really great thing is how the tracks without the guests see the Doctor really getting down & nasty with great, driving, funky beats - just listen to "Dream Warrior" for proof positive.
Other highlights of an album of consistently high quality are "Land Grab" (great trumpet from Blanchard) & the title track (some of Clapton's "bluesiest" guitar in ages). Very rarely do I download every single track from an album into my iPod/iTunes but I did with this album. HIGHLY recommended
The band is hot and tight-- you get a sense that a lot of the performances emerged from jams. Some may feel Dr. John's recent albums have steered too close to MOR territory. But the swamp funk of 'Gumbo' has finally returned, in a deeper and darker form. And the Doctor even revives some of the ol' voodoo magic on a couple of tracks.
Don't be scared off by the fear that the guest stars will dominate the album (always a danger). In truth, the guests emblazoned across the cover play s co-operative, understated role. Clapton guitar speaks with austere reverence, and Willie Nelson's contribution is barely audible.
Like a lot of peers who first achieved international fame forty years ago, the good Doctor has hit a purple patch. Not only is this his greatest album, it's also one of the best albums of the decade. The Doctor is IN!
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How can you not be touched by the spirit of New Orleans post Katrina summed up in Dr. John?Published 20 months ago by Nadine
Great music. Dr. John does a fantastic job of communicating the spirit of New Orleans. This is truly soulful music.Published on October 14, 2013 by webmark
BUT, I can only give this three stars, and that's being generous. The first song is great but the rest of them are just plain bad, mostly b/c he lets political bias get in the way. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by JMH0911
Dr John is and has always been one of my favorite Blues Rock artists. He is definitely the Leon Russell of New Orleans. Great music from the master of all the New Orleans artists.Published on December 27, 2011 by Jack D. Baker
This is pure awful sound. I won't even go there to call this music. This is nothing but a very poor political manifesto disguised with popular artists to get people to purchase... Read morePublished on March 23, 2009 by Rat
What a great piece of work and truth...Thanks for having the balls to tell the truth with this masterpiece of Funk! Hope you take home the grammy for your hometown... Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by Johnny Lanz
I bought this CD when it was first released & have listened to it many times since. I've listened to a number of the post-Katrina CD's & think this is one of the best. Read morePublished on December 4, 2008 by M. Tarr
A taste of New Orleans sound. The sound is still there, while the city may never be the same.Published on November 10, 2008 by Denver B. Cornett
I am a big fan of Dr. John. This is not one of his best and I can't even play it again to get familiar enough to enjoy it. Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by Harold Fox