Dr. John - Locked Down
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #24 / 1018
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2012 Ratings: #207
Liked by 1 person
April 3, 2012 / Release Date
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Nonesuch / Label
Blues / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

The real trick that this disc pulls off is that it sounds at once familiar, but still constantly surprising.

90
Paste

Teaming with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who brought atmospherics, buzzy guitars and quicksand grooves that pull you in, this is 21st century mojo essentialized.

83
A.V. Club

On the whole it’s a more engaged, eclectic, and ornery set than these types of revivalist projects usually are.

75
Pitchfork

Locked Down is a weird-ass gumbo of grotty funk and R&B, littered with raunchy reeds, leering organ riffs, and blustery guitar.

73
Beats Per Minute

Locked Down has a lot of finely crafted moments that feel like Dan Auerbach and Dr. John really made something neat.

70
Consequence of Sound

The team-up works wonders for Dr. John, proving he’s still got the weird power, and it does the same for Auerbach, proving his range of ability is deeper than some expected.

70
PopMatters

Ultimately it is nice to hear a living legend treated like the still-vibrant artist that he is.

MinatoArisato
80
I love this record. It's bluesy, off the wall and incredibly soulful. The vocals sound classic and bluesy whilst the guitars feel fresh with a modern edge.

Best Track: My Children, My Angels
Worst Track: You Lie
Z.Younk
88
One of his best, a perfect record and very underrated.
82
Three great tracks (Locked Down, Getaway, and album closer) peppered amid an otherwise unspectacular but solid, consistent field of swampy blues rockers...Dr. John's best in a long, long while, and best old timer release of the 2012. Auerbach really did right by the old dog.
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Track List

  1. Locked Down 
  2. Revolution 
  3. Big Shot 
  4. Ice Age 
  5. Getaway 
  6. Kingdom of Izzness 
  7. You Lie 
  8. Eleggua 
  9. My Children, My Angels 
  10. God's Sure Good
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Added on: January 16, 2012