Lisa Houlgrave
Mikael Wood
March 30, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Locked Down

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dr. John
music label
81217

We gave it an A-

At 71, this New Orleans R&B legend hardly needs help finding the funk. But there’s no denying the vintage voodoo — or the palpable disgust — the Doctor summons with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who produced Locked Down following an onstage jam at last year’s Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. On ”Revolution,” John bemoans the ”dumb moves of money” over a rich retro-soul groove, while the percolating ”Ice Age” imagines the KKK and the CIA ”playin’ in the same cage.” A-

Best Tracks:
Guitar- heavy You Lie
Smartly swinging Big Shot

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