The Neville Brothers

The Neville Brothers

The Neville Brothers

Walkin’ in the Shadow of Life

Back Porch Records/Neville Nation Records

Carlos Santana said of his Supernatural CD, “I wanted to connect the molecules and the light.” What he meant was that he wanted to reach beyond his traditional fan base, and he most certainly succeeded.

Whether it’s a purposeful attempt to pique the interests of new fans or a natural progression, The Nevilles are poised to do the same thing. The next generation of Nevilles coming fully into the fold brings a fresher approach, and one of the best studio albums since their Daniel Lanois-produced Yellow Moon.

Lanois understood the Neville vibe better than other producers who have tried their hand with them. But nobody understands the Nevilles better than they do themselves. This album doesn’t seem to be about purposely reaching the masses. It feels more soulful and natural than anything they’ve put to tape in years. It sounds more like their collective personal tales and observations. It sounds more like one voice.

The Nevilles will always have a place in my heart, but I’m actually excited about this band again. Back in the ’80s, there was some degree of championing the underdog in my support. This time it’s different.

The Neville Brothers: www.nevilles.com

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