Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. This isn't just a logical follow-up to 2008's excellent The City That Care Forgot, it's close to a career-defining summation from one of America's most important musicians.
  2. At times, the doctor and his new band sound oddly akin to Steely Dan in a mellow mood, with lyrics only a tad less literary than that group's.
  3. Uncut
    A blast. [Sep 2010, p.92]
  4. BBC Music
    Tribal contains 16 deeply detailed, fidgety tracks--but it's never hard work. It's a warm, gently funny album.
  5. On Tribal he digs hard into the New Orleans rhythm and blues on which he cut his teeth. His sinewy band, the Lower 911, which will join him on Monday and Tuesday at City Winery, manages to riff on a classic sound without ever going retro. Much the same could be said of Dr. John himself.
  6. Sometimes the message overwhelms the music, but largely the good doctor tends to the sick without letting the well-heeled off the hook.

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