Locked Down - Dr. John

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. With one or two exceptions, this CD never lets up, epitomizing his biz-wise mastery of rhumba boogie and the second line. The two pop hits lead. The gris-gris tracks are songs not shtick.
  2. 100
    It is one of the best of his career.
  3. Mar 29, 2012
    No one makes music like this: the Night Tripper rampages inimitably through swamp blues, voodoo funk and Afrobeat, with his trademark piano.
  4. 91
    There's no denying the vintage voodoo--or the palpable disgust--the Doctor summons with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
  5. Apr 4, 2012
    A sweeping confession of sanctification, embrace and glory, this is deliverance personified.
  6. Apr 4, 2012
    The legions who bought and enjoyed El Camino are sure to enjoy this unofficial second helping and those who yearn for more of the freakier blues of Rebennack's 1960s heyday are certain to agree this brilliant gumbo is just what the doctor ordered.
  7. Apr 3, 2012
    His latest is the closest he has come to making a masterpiece in a very long time.
  8. Mar 29, 2012
    The album feels disciplined and enormously funky. [May 2012, p.61]
  9. Apr 10, 2012
    The legendary pianist sounds reinvigorated on "Locked Down" (Nonesuch), in part because he's not plugging into a formula, but animating it with some feisty new sidemen.
  10. 88
    One of his best, no doubt, and arguably one of the best-sounding records so far this year.
  11. Apr 3, 2012
    An album that could've easily come from other Mississippi River stops where horns and funk pump through the bloodstreams-Chicago, Memphis or St. Louis.
  12. Apr 17, 2012
    The album is at once classic and modern, and while it's short on timeless songs like "Glowin'," "Loop Garoo" and "Mos' Scocious," on the whole it's a more engaged, eclectic, and ornery set than these types of revivalist projects usually are.
  13. Jun 28, 2012
    Locked Down is the result of a synergy between musicians of different generations – both have something to bring to the party, and the combination is compelling. It is an album of rare energy, heat, sweat and motion, and a salutary lesson to all that age need not diminish one's mojo.
  14. Apr 26, 2012
    There are a few moments when Auerbach's production touches threaten to distract from the grooves, but the overall quality is so impressively high that the occasional misstep is quickly forgotten.
  15. Apr 25, 2012
    10 of the funkiest tracks Dr. John's been involved in since the '70s. [May 2012, p.93]
  16. Apr 24, 2012
    [Locked Down] offers a vivid reminder as to why his myth has endured for so long. No one else comes close to sounding like this. [May 2012, p.96]
  17. 80
    John has always had that deep gruff rasp, but backed by raw swamp boogie with lots of baritone sax, creepy female backing vocals and treated keyboards, he's sounding as dangerous and spooky as when laying down the gris-gris on "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" back in 1968.
  18. Apr 4, 2012
    No matter which era or what record you prefer, as an album, Locked Down stands with Rebennack's best.
  19. Apr 4, 2012
    A mystical brew of funk, gospel and delta rock.
  20. Apr 3, 2012
    Full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo, it's the wildest record Rebennack has made in many years.
  21. 80
    What emerges from their empathy is a thoroughly great record that adds punch and groove to Rebennack's humid party music.
  22. For once all that languorous muck is refreshing.
  23. Mar 30, 2012
    Most impressively of all, it comfortably lives up to the promise that Auerbach apparently made to the Doctor that he would help him craft 'the best record you've made in a long time.'
  24. Mar 29, 2012
    The voice is still there, as is the attitude, and Auerbach has done an excellent job bringing an artist who will never be out of date into the 21st century.
  25. 80
    The result is a dark, steamy sound that comes crawling from the Louisiana swamp like a mean-tempered 'gator.
  26. Apr 3, 2012
    This album still stands out among his recent work, not so much for the leap of faith he took collaborating with Auerbach but because it turned out so damn well.
  27. People shouldn't expect a "completely Dr. John" record, but there is a lot to enjoy from the simplicity and overall throwback feel to Locked Down that provides a positive and hopeful experience.
  28. Apr 13, 2012
    Dr. John is Dr. John. He's a star, and is on fire at the center of this.
  29. 70
    Dr. John and Auerbach come together to capture a rich, evocative, almost apocalyptic party on Locked Down, an album that makes you dance while wondering about the state of the world.
  30. Apr 6, 2012
    Sharp and well-recorded, but although Rebennack's distinctive voice is featured front and center, there's a sacrifice of his artistry. [#86, p.53]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 3, 2012
    This album is perfect! I great balance of funk, boogie, and rock. And it is produced by the almighty Dan Auerbach (lead singer of the Black Keys) and he does a fantastic job. Dr. John is an underrated legend, and if you have any respect for music whatsoever, you will check out this album, which is probably the best of the year so far. Full Review »
  2. Apr 3, 2012
    I'm not a big fan of the Black Keys, but this collaboration with Dr. John and Dan Auerbach is absolutely blissful. As one of the most underrated artists in history, John is perfectly updated in this modern-retro classic with Dan Auerbach is by all standards the king of modern "garage vamp." It's currently the best thing I've listened to all year. Key Tracks: Revolution, Locked Down, God Sure Good. Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2012
    Although the title track "Locked Down" and "Revolution" or "Getaway" make the Dr. John's album - created in collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys - as a funky interesting proposition, however this effigy went spoled through theseen for ex. on "Big Shot" inability to exploit the potential of the track. Nevertheless, the album still is worth attention. Full Review »