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  • Vinyl (April 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • Run Time: 33.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B007FSF1FE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A ball of fire continues to reside within Dr. John, casting a poetic divergence between the artist and the title of his new set of tunes. "Locked Down" is a blazing fusion of highly literate, funky, southern-fried Americana, blues, pop, soul and R&B that shows the venerable New Orleans-born musician in full creative force, with each detail invigorating, precise and carefully-honed.

One can only hope that Nonesuch (this marks Dr. John's debut on the label) will know how to market the album correctly. "Locked Down" has the power to please not only lifelong appreciators of his verve and dexterity but has the power to reel in new listeners as well.

The life force that has Dr. John sounding remarkably invigorated at this later stage of his career has much to do with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who assembled great players such as drummer Max Weissenfeldt and bassist Nick Movshon. They support him and this solid collection of tunes with passion and professionalism, causing the ingredients to slip into place like puzzle pieces.

The fast-moving set of ten tunes sounds ripe for the 70s LP album market in more ways than one. "Getaway" pulses with longing, grit and a hurts-so-good desperation that is downright infectious. "Kingdom of Izzness" is downright groovy and chilly, as is the dark social commentary of "Ice Age," while the entrancing poetry of the title track is anchored by steady percussion and hearty guitar licks.

There is a lifetime of experience in his voice and playing. When Dr. John sings a line such as "Don't take the easy road - there's no short cut" from the quietly insistent "My Children, My Angels" it comes with a specific and heavy weight attached to it that is instantly resonant.
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This is the most interesting Dr. John record in my opinion since "Gris Gris". Though not a showcase of his piano chops as much as his 70's stuff, the songwriting and production is so good, its just incredible. The african beats make a great accompaniment to Dr. John's voice. I was hoping for something new from this album, and it really delivers. A couple of rock-oriented singles, like "Locked Down" but overall some really complex and awesomely rhythmic sound textures.

I am a huge fan, as a native New Orleanian, and to be able to see the Dr. still laying down fonkyness at his age uplifts us all. Thanks to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys for helping bring the Dr. back to where he needs to be, the Big Shot at the center of the NOLA universe!

Buy this. You won't regret it.
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Although not as "swampy" as "Gris-Gris" this album captures the thickness, the humidity, the layers of New Orleans. Every song is a mix of a catchy groove, with appropriate psychedelic coloring, and even traces of almost Trip-hop/Hip Hop beats, all under the great Doctor's growl. Truly a musical gumbo that although made in 2012 feels at home in the any late 60s and early 70s playlist. Also the fuzz and slide guitar work ain't bad either.
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Those of us who are true fans of Mac Rebennack know of the prodigious talent he brings to every project. Dr. John has been with us for a long time, and when he embraces the Night Tripper, he brings the listener to a deep place.
This is not "Gris-Gris", his great debut album - which is probably a lot deeper than the general public would want to go. It is not "Gumbo", as Dr. John used the original mid-Fifties musicians he played with in the Big Easy way back when to present New Orleans R&B to a new generation. You just can't reproduce that sound today.
But for a modern audience with modern ears, "Locked Down" presents the man hisself. Just as with Muddy Waters' project "Hard Again", we can hear acolytes who could be his grandchildren support the master as he once again shows everyone how it's done.
Get your passport to the electric swamp. The good doctor will heal your ills.
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Dr John's albums have always fit in one of 2 categories. Either they have been covers of other musicians material with a few similar new cuts tossed in, or all new material that pushes the musical boundaries. This release is firmly in the latter group. The people who think that Dr John's best material in the former group should consider yourself warned. This disc pushes the envelope while paying homage to the good doctor's early work. The first time that I listed to this, Locked Down sounded ok. Cut 2, Revolution is lyrically straight from 1968. Then Big Shot struts it's stuff. All the while I was thinking, I'm not really feeling it. Are all of Dr Johns fans this old and this stoned? Grammy?? It must have been a thin year. Then Ice Age brings me back to this century with it's infectious groove, unusual percussion and some other surprises, this is more like. Pushing the envelope. But then, we go back to 1968 for Getaway. Hmm, this could have come from Memphis or anywhere, but not New Orleans. Then Kingdom Of Izzness arrives and envelope just got a hard shove. You can call this one a classic. Right behind it You Lie lands on top of my head like a ton of bricks. There are more things going on in this one song than some musicians produce in their entire career. He needs to revise his greatest hits. Eleggua is the lyrically, but not musically, the strangest song on the disc. Do I hear a little Danse Kalinda in there? Anyone who is familiar with Dr John's early stuff will feel right at home here. The last 2 cuts My Children, My Angels and God's Sure Good will put those of you who prefer his covers of standards in a sentimental mood. In all, this is uneven and a bit scattered. But, there aren't any terrible songs here. There are many that should be added to his most memorable collection.
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