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  • Summary: The posthumous release for New Orleans artist Dr. John features guest appearances from Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real, Willie Nelson, and Aaron Neville.
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  1. The Wire
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    His final, posthumous recording isn’t exactly Norman Rockwell, but it does take The Night Tripper back to his country roots. This kind of twilight recording, with carefully staged surprises – see Johnny Cash’s sepulchral take on Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” – has become something of an industry cliche, but Dr John’s lifelong love for the music here is too well attested to seem like some kind of last minute A&R wheeze. [Oct 2022, p.41]
  2. Mojo
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    With Willie, his son Lukas's band and Neville helping out elsewhere, there is audiable love in the room. Three final, reflective and intimately presented Rebennack originals shin, but best of all, perhaps, is his take on The Traveling Wilburys' End Of The Line.[Oct 2022, p.90]
  3. Uncut
    Sep 20, 2022
    70
    Things Happen That Way isn’t an exemplar of his style, nor (clearly) is it a late-career blooming, but it is a richly resonant farewell from a maverick veteran. [Oct 2022, p.32]
  4. Sep 22, 2022
    70
    Things Happen That Way is solid, fun, and a bit sad, but a fitting, heartfelt sign-off from an American treasure. It's quite beautiful. One hopes, however, that the deleted tracks will surface on a later release.
  5. 70
    Dr. John sounds in tip-top form here. [Oct 2022, p.73]