Cyril Neville – Brand New Blues


Fans of the various Neville Brothers incarnations will be pleased with Brand New Blues, a fantastic new release from Cyril Neville. With the help of fellow Nevilles Art, Ian, and Ivan, as well as Waylon Thibodeaux and Tab Benoit, Cyril lets fly with an accomplished batch of super-slinky blues and R&B that remains consistent with his affection for New Orleans musical traditions and his interests in human rights and environmental causes. Neville delivers fine original tracks and some excellently chosen covers on Brand New Blues, including Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “I’ll Take Care Of You” and, as the album’s closer, a lengthy and astoundingly great version of Bob Marley’s “Slave Driver,” which Neville has customized with heartfelt and angry lyrics about the continuing political failure to restore New Orleans to pre-Katrina conditions. This is Cyril Neville’s first solo album in over eight years, and releases such as this make one wish he were more prolific, but we’ll take what we can get. Highly recommended.


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