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Locked Down is Dr. John’s most personal statement as an artist. In these tracks, the venerable New Orleans icon revives his spooky Night Tripper persona while revealing more of the man within the costume (Mac Rebennack) than ever before. He’s helped considerably by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, whose inspired production invokes the swampy voodoo vibes of Dr. John’s classic Gris-Gris album with fat horn lines, hypnotic percussion, and wailing background vocals. Seething multilayered tracks like “Revolution,” “Ice Age," and “Kingdom of Izzness” tear into the modern world's corruption, with Rebennack’s growling vocals and quivering keyboards spurred on by Auerbach’s acid-dipped lead guitar. The title tune (a relentless broadside against legal injustice) and “Big Shot” (a woozy celebration of illicit good times) allude to highs and lows in the singer’s own life. Most confessional is “My Children, My Angels," a heartfelt message of love from a penitent father. The joyously rocking and profoundly funky “God’s Sure Great” ends the album on a life-affirming note.

Customer Reviews

Terrific Album

This is the Good Doctor's best LP for 45 years, and, just days after release, I am certain that it is one of the best records by anybody in the last 40. Sure, it sounds a lot like a Black Keys effort in places, but it is SO MUCH MORE, for so many different reasons.
The other musicians all excel - the drums driving and polyrhythmic, the bass forceful and snaky, the other guitar at turns subtle and exciting - but it is Dr John's album, the music is unmistakably his, and his organ contributions are just wonderful.
This is a Terrific Album.

Classic Dr John!

I am not the biggest Dr John fan in the world but I heard the samples and took a chance. 10 tracks no fillers! This is a brilliant album, it sounds like it was written and recorded in 1971. In a world of manufactered drivel this is the real deal, it's so refreshing. It's as good as anything Dr John has ever done, just buy it you won't be able to take it off it's that good!

Coolest album of the year

The coolest release this year so far. At 71 years old, Dr John can still show wannabees half his age how to do it properly. For evidence, just listen to a sample of "Eleggua".


Born: 21 November 1940 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his most enduring achievements fused with New Orleans R&B, rock, and Mardi Gras craziness to come up with his own brand of "voodoo" music. He's also quite accomplished and enjoyable when sticking to purely traditional forms of blues and R&B. On record, he...
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