The youngest brother in the first family of N'awlins R&B, Cyril Neville confidently carves up a delightful swirl of soul, Southern-fried blues and rock 'n' roll on this nearly flawless solo album, his first since 2000.
I Found Joy's bubbly blues pulls your head in multiple directions, making good on his Brand New Blues claim, while the title track's shifting time signatures and young-Stevie Wonderesque inflections impress. The Bobby Bland classic I'll Take Care Of You pours out the side of Neville's mouth sweetly and sorrowfully while organs wail in the background.
For the grand finale, Neville incorporates Hurricane Katrina-inspired lyrics into an eight-minute ride out of Bob Marley's Slave Driver. A timely yet timeless 10-song tribute to the beautiful essence of the blues.
Top track: Brand New Blues