Cyril Neville – Brand New Blues

Cyril Neville – Brand New Blues – Album Review

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Cyril Neville – Brand New Blues

“Cyril Neville may be the youngest of the Neville Brothers, the first family of New Orleans rock and R&B, but he has just made his best album. “Brand New Blues” ably covers a lot of territory, from the Southern soul of “I’ll Take Care of You” to the Sly Stone rumble of the title song to the Slim Harpo cooking show that is “Cream Them Beans.” There is terrific guitar playing throughout from producer Brian J, who co-wrote most of the originals with Neville, and guest appearances by older brothers Art Neville and nephew Ivan Neville on organ and Tab Benoit on guitar. Although the more standard blues songs have their share of mean women, they’re nothing compared to the politicians in “Cheatin’ and Lyin’ ” or “Mean Boss Blues” who betray and disappoint honest folks. That is most clear in the finale, a 10-minute rendition of Bob Marley’s “Slave Driver” that moves the scene to post-Katrina New Orleans, and is a striking, yet very funky, indictment of hypocrisy and abandonment. —Wayne Robins”

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