City That Care Forgot (Out Of Stock) by Dr. John
The Citys Greatest Living Ambassador Fuses Blues, Funk and Soul on a Pointed and Poignant Love Letter to Post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans!
On the City That Care Forgot, Dr. John delivers an elegantly elegiac homage to his drowned hometown that's at once an incredible collection of songs, possibly his best work of the past two decades, and a bold statement and cultural event. Musically anchored with that legendary gravely drawl and a buoyant riot of swamp-voodoo piano grooves (and aid from a few friends like Eric Clapton) the album's 13 tracks also provide a lyrical reminder that the rawness and divisions exposed by Hurricane Katrina are as fresh as ever. Infused with elements of barrelhouse funk and freewheeling proto-rock, at times Dr. John raises as much hell as he does questions. But his hopeful, if harrowing, songwriting never loses the notion that once we start to address our problems we can heal as a nation. The songs, at a time when the word change seems to be everybody's buzzword, are at once a musical return to roots, yet suffused with an unusual urgency. On the loping, blues-inflected Time For A Change, Dr. John conjures what could be considered the What's Going On for a younger generation, as he manages to provide a rollicking good time while holding forth on such issues as the war in Iraq and the current administration. In contrast, the stirring title track is a simple and life-affirming requiem for the victims of Katrina, leading off an album that stands as a sad, searing, sacrilegious and ultimately auspicious statement that promises to stand as one of the most compelling and enduring musical statements of this complex era. Double 180g Vinyl LP in a 350g gloss gatefold sleeve.
The music is a perfect blend of poignancy and Big Easy boogie, which could be overlooked against the eloquently hardhitting lyrical barrage, but on the likes of the haunted Dream Warrior the aural gumbo is as sublime and vibrant a distillation of the classic New Orleans sound as the Docs ever mustered. - Record Collector Album Of The Month August 2008
1. Keep On Going
2. Time For A Change (featuring Eric Clapton)
3. Promises, Promises (featuring Willie Nelson)
4. You Might Be Surprised
5. Dream Warrior
6. Black Gold
7. We Gettin There (featuring Terence Blanchard)
8. Stripped Away (featuring Eric Clapton)
9. Say Whut?
10. My People Need A Second Line (featuring James 12
Andrews and Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews)
11. Land Grab (featuring Terence Blanchard)
12. City That Care Forgot (featuring Eric Clapton and Ani DiFranco)
13. Save Our Wetlands (featuring Terrance Simien)
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