Dr. John - Gris-Gris
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1968 Ratings: #22 / 87
User Score
Based on 69 ratings
1968 Ratings: #27
Liked by 4 people
January 22, 1968 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atco / Label
Sign In to rate and review
The History of The Albums – n°375

Let's face it, R&B hasn't had such a zany and eccentric popular personality since Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Dr. John is something of an anomaly in music history although he absolutely deserves his place. Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, a.k.a Dr. John, is one of the few white artists to make a place for himself in the Rhythms and Blue music pantheon. Obviously it is difficult to compare Dr. John to some legends like James Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha ... read more
I think I've been told to hear this for legitimate months, so I finally checked it out and, it's definitely an experience. Dr. John's "Gris-Gris" is a psychedelic experience like no other, settling into the who psych rock trend of the 1960s without ever getting too comfortable. Instead, the late Louisianan infuses things with a Southern and freak-folkish touch (one that, at some points, ventured into Exuma S/T territory), one that only makes things more immersive. The vocals are ... read more
𝙆𝙞𝙩𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙆𝙖𝙗𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙩

𝘿𝙖𝙮 𝙁𝙤𝙪𝙧

Um, alright that was 33 minutes of nothing happening. I kept waiting for the album to start....and it never did!

Dr. John kinda sounds like a shittier Tom Waits which like...that's fine you don't need to have a good voice to be a great singer. But Dr. John's voice is much less a singing voice as much as it is "I'm talking over barely any instrumentals." It's very distractingly bad and at points ... read more
This is a weird little record. Blues like you've never heard it. It's absolutely dripping with atmosphere and subtle tension, like walking into a forlorn alley that shelters witches and ghouls. It glees in misery but it's all played with a fun, knowing smirk. Immensely fascinating.
Definitely a time machine album - this takes you to a world that just doesn't exist anymore.

An atmosphere so thick you could choke. Heady stuff.
Purchasing Gris-Gris from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Contributions By
royalflush, Hudok

Added on: July 12, 2014