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Tribal by Dr John

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Reviewed on 10th July 2010.



By Dr John

With a career spanning five decades, Dr John has been pleasing the masses with his brand of "voodoo" music. As you probably expect from someone born in New Orleans, his unique sound comes from the local influences of boogie woogie, rhythm and blues and jazz.

The album 'Tribal' has sixteen tracks, which are a lot to take in, but it covers the full range of Dr John's musical loves. 'Feel Good Music' opens the album with a deep, laid back vocal over an equally casual accompaniment. You don't realise the strength of the song until you've played the whole album.

The majority of the album is very laid back, but there are moments of funky thrills with the likes of 'When I'm Right (I'm Wrong),' 'Sleeping In My Bed' and 'Whut's Wit Dat.' While songs like 'Jinky Jinx,' which is by no means the best on the album, highlights the humour and fun he adds to his songs. The highlights include the exciting 'Only In America,' a perfect cross genre track of jazz and R&B and 'Manoovas' that has a thick, repetitive blues guitar riff as the foundation that the rest of the song is built on.

The album, at times, is very uplifting, but is always cool, smooth and totally enjoyable. It's not something that leaps out straight away, but slowly absorbs into the brain to the point that the heartfelt choruses and boogie beats take over.



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