Black Dub: “Black Dub”
Over at CT, I’ve reviewed the self-titled album from Daniel Lanois’ new band, Black Dub. It’s a fine work, and heralds a bright future for Lanois in particular; I’ve grown increasingly skeptical of his obtrusive production style over the past few years, but, between this and the Neil Young record, it turns out that the man’s having a pretty great year. He’s only one part of the Black Dub outfit, though, and, as far as that goes, I’m impressed by how convincing the record is both as a full-band album and a real rock album, albeit one’s more about tricky rhythms than lickety-split riffs, about playfulness and experimentation as much as bold, spiritual candor. Kind of a strange little concoction, actually, but I find it to be quite winsome.