The Doctor is back, and finally you can get a little taste of what he's prescribed.
off the flare of voodoo funk, this time with Black Keys front-man Dan
Auerbach, he delivers what you wish the Black Keys sounded like. Even
though this is more like a Black Keys plus Dr. John album, the tunes are
all but arena rock. The first single, "Revolution," is driven with an
underlying baritone sax, something that's not often recognized in rock
anymore. It's catchy as hell too, and halfway through, Dr. John bangs
out a crazy organ solo, which, with Auerbach's catchy riffs, throws
naysayers in the dumpster. "Big Shot" sounds like it's a modern
soundtrack for a talkie, (dang those newfangled talkies!) but it comes
off as much more. By the finale, "God's Sure Good," Danny boy pulls off a
modern rock riff, but combined with Rebennack's "organistics," it
emerges as something special — straight outta 1972, kids. But it's
something out of 2012. It comes out of anywhere where there's great
music, and now the good Doctor is reborn. So, yeah, the Doc delivers his
magical healing powers: "Let's all just pray on it ... right now."
-Jarrett is 14 years old. His album collection is massive because he knows good music isn't relative to a recording date.
-Originally published in the Detroit Metro Times on May 9th, 2012