Listen Up: Dr. John, Obie Trice, more
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By Jerry Shriver, Steve Jones, Edna Gundersen and Elysa Gardner, USA TODAYApril 2, 2012
Early reviews posit that this intriguing album marks a full-fledged revival of the Rock Hall of Famer's swampy, trippy and deeply funky voodoo-hipster persona from the '70s, known as Dr. John. There are aspects of that, but this also feels like a very personal Mac Rebennack album produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. My Children, My Angels and God's Sure Good in particular come from the man, not the mask.
Trice's third studio album, and first since 2006's Second Round's on Me, finds the Detroit rapper rhyming with trademark intensity over rugged beats. Trice reunites with Eminem on album standout Richard. The moody Battle Cry speaks to his resilience. After being away so long, his latest effort is one worth toasting.
A refreshing throwback to early rave culture, the British duo's first release since 2004's Blue Album weaves emotion into its recipe of samples, squiggles, synths and sunny beats, yielding such standouts as New France. Beelzedub manages serviceable dubstep, but Phil and Paul Hartnoll shine brightest when reigniting the dance grooves that took them from cult heroes to festival headliners.