Sing Me Back Home
Two angry ’60s anthems (Curtis Mayfield’s ”This Is My Country” and John Fogerty’s ”Fortunate Son”) sung by two Nevilles (Cyrille and his nephew, Ivan) sound chillingly current on Sing Me Back Home. But the New Orleans Social Club, an all-star collective convened six weeks after the storm, shares more than outrage: There’s gospel-fueled uplift, brass-band fire, and bluesy lamentation. Singer John Boutté lends new meaning to the lyrics of Annie Lennox’s ”Why.” Throughout, the greasy grooves of a rhythm section featuring founding Meters Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr. urge the music on. Catharsis never sounded cooler.