logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture
Home Finance


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Blues and Jazz Site

BellaOnline's Blues and Jazz Editor

g

Brand New Blues - Cyril Neville

Guest Author - Sue Sutherland-Wood

Many music fans will be familiar with the work of the Neville Brothers – perhaps most notably with the super cherubic tones of gentle giant Aaron Neville; however, perhaps not as well known is another, more blues-oriented Neville brother and that brings us full circle to the latest offering from Cyril Neville and the aptly titled Brand New Blues all set for release in early April.


Brand New Blues is the first recording for Cyril in eight years (and the first with New York based label M.C.Records) and much of this cd is original material, many tracks being co-written by Neville himself. Cyril has worked with many big names over the years including Dr.John, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to name but a few.


A bluesman for over forty years – which his hard to believe since he looks decades younger – Neville’s latest offering is both fresh and tasty. Brand New Blues, a title which seeks to link our modern-day troubles with blues gone by – is a gritty, swanky, down and dirty blues album in its own right – let’s not be confused; however, there is also a definite political intelligence at work which is impossible to miss. A New Orleans native himself, Cyril is upfront with his anger and position about the devastation of the city and there is plenty of space devoted to this in the liner notes.


Key tracks:


I’ll Take Care of You is a completely different, more menacing version of the Bobby Bland classic which was recently covered so well by Mick Hucknall. Cyril’s version is harder, bassier and less polished – not as slick as Hucknall’s version or even the original but after re-listening to all of them (hey, this is what I do) I still really liked it. Cyril is – as you might expect one of the Neville brothers to be – a sincere and skilled vocalist.


Cream Them Beans is a raunchy track and for those in doubt this is about as far away from cooking instructions as you are likely to get. Cyril seems particularly keen to offer advice about food prep and has an entire array of tasks he is willing to assist with. He points out a few times that for those who might “need some fixin’ in the kitchen” then he’s “the one you’re lookin’ for.” It’s nice when people want to help out I always think …



Cheatin’ and Lyin’ is a return to a more traditional blues sound but serves up a profound message at the same time that takes aim at political conscience – and lack of same. There’s a insistent gospel vibe happening in the background too that just won’t stop – excellent!


The closing track, a Bob Marley tune Slave Driver sees Neville adding some new, Katrina-appropriate lyrics of his own. Slave Driver is the ideal vehicle for this message with its slow, understated African sensibilities and it really works because this is one of the most impassioned and fervent songs on the cd. Neville’s vocals are tortured and convincing – a traditional Jamaican beat has the blues layered right on top, hearkening back to a Mali guitar feeling – and the result is both spare and effective. This whole record is a solid listening experience – turn it up.



Buy Brand New Blues now at Amazon.com!















This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to Twitter Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to Facebook Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to MySpace Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to Del.icio.us Digg Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to Yahoo My Web Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to Google Bookmarks Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to Stumbleupon Add Brand+New+Blues+%2D+Cyril+Neville to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Blues and Jazz Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Sue Sutherland-Wood. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Sue Sutherland-Wood. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Listen to Adele ... and Keep Listening

Django Reinhardt - Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire

Amy Winehouse - Rest in Peace

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor