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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RUF
  • ASIN: B00DRTNOI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Most artists make albums. Cyril Neville makes gumbos. Served up in September 2013 on Ruf Records,' Magic Honey' finds the 64-year-old Southern icon on anarchic form, snatching inspiration from a kaleidoscope of sources and shaking up a sonic cocktail where anything goes. "I'm extremely proud of this record," notes Cyril of his latest signature dish. "It's a tasteful, well-cooked musical gumbo that I think will be pleasing to the palates of music lovers." Singer. Poet. Percussionist. Neville Brother, Meters legend, solo star and talisman of the South's all-conquering new supergroup, Royal Southern Brotherhood. Just as Cyril Neville's career path keeps you guessing, so 'Magic Honey' defies expectations and breaks out of any pigeonhole you try to place around it. There's the spring-heeled, funk-flavoured strut of 'Running Water', the snare-cracking groove of 'Invisible' and the stinging title track "My baby is a queen bee… magic honey dripping from her hive"). There's the amped-up satirical sideswipe of 'Money and Oil' ("Don't matter how you feel, it's all sell, sell, sell") and the album's most overtly rock-out moment, 'Working Man' ("Got no time for living, 'cos I'm working all the time…"). By the time you reach the silver-tongued reggae lilt of 'Slow Motion' and the irresistible dance floor-filler that is 'Swamp Funk', you'll be reminded that Cyril is a songwriter who combines a clear artistic vision with a wandering eye. 'Magic Honey' is the kind of genre-slipping statement that's only possible when you've got a crack musical squad pulling together, and as Cyril began putting the heat under this gumbo at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana, he was flanked by plenty of capable cooks. On production, David Z created an organic sound on Magic Honey that pulsed and breathed. And he had the best rhythm section he could wish for: 'Mean' Willie Green (drums), Cranston Clements (guitar), Carl Dufrene (bass) and Norman Caesar (keys)." Along with a dash of Neville family DNA – courtesy of Gaynielle Neville and Omari Neville on soaring backup vocals – there's also a sprinkle of celebrity stardust, with New Orleans veteran Allen Toussaint handling the keys on the cuckolded shuffle of Another Man, Dr. John on organ for Swamp Funk, ex-Bluesbreakers axeman Walter Trout boiling up Running Water and Cyril's Royal Southern Brotherhood bandmate Mike Zito lending muscular riffing to Money and Oil and Working Man. It's one hell of a guest-list, and only serves to underline the respect and pulling-power that Cyril Neville has amassed during his four-plus decades in the industry.

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'Magic Honey' bottles all that is great about Cyril Neville, the essential piece in the jigsaw that makes both this album and Royal Southern Brotherhood better than the rest.' --Pete Feenstra - Record Collector

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By Yanni on 4 Oct. 2013
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Heard the 1st track Magic Honey on the car radio and just loved the beat. Decided to buy the album. Its a very well produced album which sounds superb and even better when heard through a decent hifi rig. Bass is truly great and Cyril really belts his soul out. Funky sounds that are worth a punt.
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What a fantastic album,not a bad track to be found,every musician on this album is at the top of their game,and boy can Mr Neville sing.I've seen Cyril sing live three times this year with the Royal Southern Brotherhood who are absolutely supurb,dont pass up a chance to see these guys live,can't wait for their new album.So guys, the next time you come back to the UK,you've got to come to WALES!!
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This album is superb,if you only buy one album this year this has to be the one.you get hooked on it from the first track (magic honey) with its deep southern blues overtones, right to the final track,(slow motion) with its slight reggae feel.Once again the legend that is cyril neville has come up with a classic must buy album.This album has everything,it rocks,is funky and cyrils voice is full of soul and blues.
If you get chance catch cyril out singing with the royal southern brotherhood, he is awesome,a live show to die for.
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Fan of the RSB and have been buying their individual albums as well
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