Dirty Word, and Neville and his crew sound revitalized on the funky but strident groove. The uptempo song is a plea for equality and unity, especially in these divisive times following the election of Trump as president. “Let’s make up our mind/We don’t have much time … There’s no one to blame/We all are the same,” Neville reminds as he’s serenaded by a cluster of funky horns and Tony Hall’s and Nick Daniels’ madly nimble, rubbery bass lines.
“Only the victim remains the victim while the truth trips through the system, yet the goodness never sees the light of day,” Ivan Neville wails passionately on Dumpstaphunk’s “Justice,” a collaboration with fellow Crescent City denizen Trombone Shorty. It’s the group’s first new song since the release of the 2013 album