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Daniel Lanois' Black Dub

You may not have heard of Daniel Lanois, but that doesn't mean you haven't heard him. From Bob Dylan to U2, the acclaimed musician and rock producer's touch can be found on some of the biggest-selling albums of the past 25 years, including U2's Joshua Tree.

On Lanois’ latest project, Black Dub, he surrounds his intricate fretwork with an innovative trio of accomplished musicians who understand, as Lanois puts it, “how to mix flesh with technology.” Trixie Whitley, daughter of blues virtuoso Chris Whitley, drips soulful vocals all over the album, while Louisiana musicians Brian Blade (drums) and Daryl Johnson (bass) set the tone with rhythmic sounds of the past and future.

Whether it's roots rock such as "Silverado" or Whitley's gospel styling on "Surely," Black Dub produces a depth of soul — lyrically and musically — that make the tracks infectious and accomplishes what a good album should — it moves you.

  • Album: Black Dub (2010)
  • Artist: Black Dub
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Songs: (1) Love Lives (2) I Believe in You (3) Ring the Alarm (4) Last Time (5) Surely (6) Nomad (7) Slow Baby (8) Silverado (9) Canaan (10) Sing (11) Sirens
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You may not have heard of Daniel Lanois, but that doesn't mean you haven't heard him. From Bob Dylan to U2, the acclaimed musician and rock producer's touch can be found on some of the biggest-selling albums of the past 25 years, including U2's Joshua Tree.

On Lanois’ latest project, Black Dub, he surrounds his intricate fretwork with an innovative trio of accomplished musicians who understand, as Lanois puts it, “how to mix flesh with technology.” Trixie Whitley, daughter of blues virtuoso Chris Whitley, drips soulful vocals all over the album, while Louisiana musicians Brian Blade (drums) and Daryl Johnson (bass) set the tone with rhythmic sounds of the past and future.

Whether it's roots rock such as "Silverado" or Whitley's gospel styling on "Surely," Black Dub produces a depth of soul — lyrically and musically — that make the tracks infectious and accomplishes what a good album should — it moves you.

  • Album: Black Dub (2010)
  • Artist: Black Dub
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Songs: (1) Love Lives (2) I Believe in You (3) Ring the Alarm (4) Last Time (5) Surely (6) Nomad (7) Slow Baby (8) Silverado (9) Canaan (10) Sing (11) Sirens
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I'm all over this CD right now, Lanois has a good thing going with this new gang of players. Looking forward to catching it live, hope they put SD on their tour schedule. The sound really seems to lend itself to improvisation. Nice review

Cheers, Rick

Dec. 19, 2010

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