#398: Dr. John's Gumbo by Dr. John


Dr. John's Gumbo by Dr. John (1972)

Favorite Track(s): "Iko Iko" and "Tipitina"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) I have to tell you, Dr. John is NOT the Doctor I have on the brain right now. GET IT? To quote Stevie in Miranda: I amuse myself. But really, I don't know why, but for some reason I have a really strong aversion to Dr. John. He just seems cranky and not as good as he thinks he is. Kind of like Steely Dan. There, I said it. But maybe it's just because I've never been to New Orleans, and been born anew in his awesomeness?

(Post-Listening) Ok, apparently this a covers album of John's favorite New Orleans songs, so to be fair, it isn't his music. So I can't really say that this album made me like Dr. John...but I'll say it tentatively did. This is the kind of music I'd enjoy hearing in a restaurant, on hold, or at a music festival where the whole point is to nap in the sunshine to some nice music. Do you know what I mean? This will never be the music I put on to rock out in my home, or sing to in my car, or on a mix CD for someone. It's quality, it's good, but it's also easy to tune out completely. So unless Zydeco mixed with blues and rock and jazz are your thing, I wouldn't recommend it.

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