Ever since Johnny Cash was rejuvenated by Rick Rubin, labels have attempted the same formula: pairing a much-loved star in their twilight years with a hotshot producer. They mostly end up short of either party’s best, but this is an antidote to all that bluster, with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach drawing out the wicked voodoo funk and gritty rock of the Doc’s early ’70s classics. Auerbach provides the sonics, yet the 71-year-old is still the boss; ‘Revolution’ and ‘Ice Age’ both reek of the bayou and remind fans what a totemic figure the ‘Night Tripper’ still is.
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