Black Dub – Black Dub

January 01, 1970



As one of the foremost producers in rock’s modern day,
Daniel Lanois has been the mind behind classic albums from the likes of U2, Bob
Dylan, Brian Eno, Neil Young and Willie Nelson among many, many others. His own
career as an artist, however, has yet to see him deliver an LP on par with what
he is so paramount in achieving for others, although he has come close on such
underrated works as 1993’s For The Beauty
of Wynona
and 2004’s Shine. But with
the eponymous debut from his new band Black Dub, Lanois finally gets the Time Out of Mind he deserves for


Black Dub is rounded out by renowned jazz drummer Brian
Blade, bassist Daryl Johnson and Trixie Whitley, the 22-year-old daughter of
late post-blues great Chris Whitley, and a young lady who possesses both looks
that trump Katy Perry and a voice as seasoned as Etta James and Doris Troy.
This is a band custom-made for properly executing the specific sound Lanois,
who plays guitar and shares vocal duties, wanted to create with Black Dub – a simmering,
multi-layered brew of Scratch-style dub, soul songwriting and Unforgettable Fire-style guitar
landscapes aired out by the producer’s signature atmospheric board work. And from
the end result of these 11 tracks, highlighted by torchy blues ballad “Surely”
and the spacey delta instrumental “Slow Baby”, it’s a winning compound whose
momentum never lets up throughout the entire course of the LP, bridging the gap
between the avant-garde and the accessible to craft a challenging, sultry and soothing
listening experience that is one of the great surprises of 2010.


the Alarm”, “Surely”, “Slow Baby”, “Nomad”, “Sirens” RON HART


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