Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Up to 70% off Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Shop Amazon Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

11
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
4
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
0
Black Dub
Format: Audio CDChange
Price:£6.56+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2012
This is one of the strongest cover to cover albums I have heard for a while. Released in 2010, the band features more-than-solid drumming from Brian Blade and bass from Daryl Johnson - funk and reggae rhythms underpinning most of what is played [listen to their tight performance on second track 'I Believe In You'] - but the two star acts are without question dynamite if diminutive singer Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late Chris Whitley, and distinctive guitar from the great Daniel Lanois who also provides vocals and keyboards.

Opener 'Love Lies' provides signature Lanois guitar laying a swathe of sound throughout, and Whitley's voice, often echoed, dominates powerfully over the sweet background vocals. Second 'I Believe In You' has that pulsating reggae beat at the start, introducing an even more sultry and sassy Whitley vocal to ride the strutting bass line. Third 'Ring The Alarm' is introduced at length with classic Lanois soundscapes, and then becomes an 80s-esque pop song carrying this anti-80s listener along by those guitar loops and echoes. Fourth 'Last Time' returns to a more gutsy number, funked-up rhythms and soulful singing from both Lanois and Whitley: the guitar here stabbing rather than layering. Fifth 'Surely' is a more conventional ballad with Whitley ploughing deeply with her impressive voice.

Seventh 'Slow Baby' provides a mesmerising masterclass in Lanois guitar work. It is superb. Eighth 'Silverado' is a gospel'n'reggae amalgam driven by the Whitley voice - and her 2009 EP 'The Engine' is worth a listen to hear more of this clear talent, as are the many clips on YouTube that feature her playing guitar, sometimes with Lanois - and these predominantly live sessions add to the impressive experience of her emerging talent.

The album closes on an instrumental, 'Sirens', and again the Lanois guitar and effects production is hypnotic in its brief repetitions. A truly wonderful album, perhaps flying under the musical radar, but soaring as an aural signal.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I must confess I was rather disappointed with the album so the three stars are given for 'Ring the Alarm' (light years ahead of most of the other tracks on this album), 'Silverado' and the quality of the musicianship from Lanois et al. I found the female vocalist uninspiring, soulless and at times shrill apart from when she sings in a lower register. She gets away with it on 'Silverado' because of the strength of the backing vocals. There are several 'playing by numbers' pieces which shouldn't have seen the light of day. I suspect this is a group to see live as others have suggested.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Being a fan of things dub the title of this caught my eye along with the album art which I think is pretty cool. Musically not exactly what I expected but a pleasantly surprising album. For me personally the blend of rock/indie and roots reggae has a somewhat chequered past with much of it not to my taste.I was never a huge fan of The Police's efforts.
What this album does is try to weave the flavour of dub into a landscape of other musical genres (e.g blues, soul, indie) which is quite hard to describe but actually works very well. There is some fine musicianship on display here that has won me over. Other reviews appear to have got bogged down in the production and sound quality rather than appreciate the concept of this CD. I have listened on my PC rather than expensive Hi-Fi but technically it all sounds very good to these ears.The dark, indie version of the old dancehall smash "Ring The Alarm" injects a much more haunting atmosphere to the song in a good way.Clearly the haunting guitar of Daniel Lanois is the backbone of most of the songs but it is well supported by all the other players on this set.If I was to be critical I would suggest a few songs are a bit too similar but there is a balance of styles throughout which keep things for the main interesting. Give this a listen, you may be pleasantly surprised. I would love to hear a Prince Fatty or Enrico Cacace remix of some of these tracks! Bring on "The Return of the Black Dub".
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 28 June 2013
This fusion of Soul, Dub and Blues ist one of my absolute favorite CDs. I hope there will be a follower of this project, as Daniel Lanois has promised quite some time ago. The songs demonstrate an incredible musicality. It's far more than the remarkable voice of Trixie Wheatley, it's the whole band that show an extraordinary performance. Lanois' guitar play is wonderful, as well as the cool drums of Brian Blade. What is more, the recording quality of the CD is great.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 16 February 2013
If you like Daniel lanois work then I am sure ,like me, you will love this.A worthy addition to his past work and sonically identifiable immediatly.Fantastic recording as always and you feel completly in the room.I hope there is another one.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 18 June 2013
Super band here, Danny L leading it with the great Daryll Johnson & Brian Blade on bass & drums respectively, topped with Trixie Whitley's astounding voice.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2011
I was recommended this album by a total audiophile after listening it on his £200,000 Hi Fi. It sounded great at the time!
Every track is diverse and the band are talented musicians.
The good side to them is that they are into playing live music and not relying on pseudo studio tricks like multi-tracking takes and overdubs.
This is real music. Not fabricated and processed Pro-Tools computer stuff.
The down side is that much of the recording quality is like a 70/80's bootleg.
Maybe there was not much of a budget. Considering they are under Sony and I paid full price for a CD I would of thought that a high quality live recording would have been possible.
Maybe people will enjoy a retro finish to a retro style of music.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2011
This is a fantastic cd and one that grows and grows on you.
I do not agree with the review which mentions "old bootleg" sound quality. My copy sound great to me, with sound quality parallel to the last few of Daniel's cd's. I agree with the mention of this being real music and you can hear the energy in the recording bounding back off the walls of Daniel's lounge where the recordings took place.
I watched a lot of the videos on youtube and expected a loud guitar sound on the cd but was impressed with the definition and sound balance on the mix.
The styles are also very different and the songs are varied. "Silverado" is my favourite .... but closely followed by the rest.
Only a week before I received my copy of Robbie Robertson's new release and had thought that it would be a long time before I heard a cd with so much intensity, nerve and mystical deepness.....wrong!
I have already given my copy away to someone I like ... and have had to order a new one.
I have also booked tickets for the live show in Denmark this summer.
If you love real music played buy real people ... then you can't go wrong here.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2012
Well, I figure there's no point in a review unless it's honest. Obviously it's only my opinion, but I hope it helps both potential buyers and 'Black Dub' if they read their reviews...

This had the potential of being a truely brilliant album; creative, original & inspired. However, it is sadly ruined by over-pollished bland studio production. As a result it is nothing more than mediocre and because there is so much totally brilliant music in the world, why listen to stuff that falls short?

If you love this band, as I do, I'd recommend sticking to the raw, edgy and absolutely superb stuff freely available on uTube until they sack the engineer/producer & capture that awesome passion on disk.

Please let the next release feature 'Black Dub' at the controls, because this band deserve to succeed.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 7 December 2014
The Best !!!!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed

Teatro
Teatro by Willie Nelson (Audio CD - 2007)

Fourth Corner
Fourth Corner by Trixie Whitley (Audio CD - 2013)
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.