Got this after I heard Lonely Boy on 2013 Grammy Nominees CD. Glad I did; rather enjoyable and fits my tastes more than a lot of contemporary music.
Incredible. The first time I heard this album I thought that they had fallen into the mainstream trap like so many other artists, but on further listening I began to hear more of their old sound (like from The Moan or Rubber Factory) coming through the background. The way their sound has evolved is amazing, give it a listen.
I've been a fan of The Black Keys since hearing the song Busted on their debut album, The Big Come Up. Initially thinking it was RL Burbside (they use one of his riffs in the song) I got curious, they blew my mind, and I've been a fan since. While this album is good in it's own right, and I respect bands that experiment and grow, I can no longer identify with the sound. They've moved so far in a new direction that many of us who love the Mississippi/Delta Blues, Burnside/Kimbrough sound they expanded on so well, no longer get this. They've caught on to what appeals to the masses though, and kudos for that.
Check out their early albums: The Big Come Up, Thickfreakness, Rubber Factory for a real treat.
Fans of the Black Keys tend to fall between two groups: Those who are married to their gritty, bluesy sound and those who are willing to come along for the ride, ready for the next curb. Part of the Black Keys charm is that they don't really care what other people think. It isn't a blatant show of arrogance, but remaining true to themselves: two guys who started making music they wanted to hear and enjoy playing. That hasn't changed. Their sound does seem to vary from record to record and it is up to the listener to decide if they are willing to accept whatever turn comes next. This CD is no different. No doubt that it still sounds like the Black Keys. It isn't exactly Gold on the Ceiling Keys, but it is a great CD just the same. 10 Lovers is my favorite, followed by Fever and Weight of Love. Weight of Love is guitar solo heavy, but it doesn't disappoint. The overall lyrics set a melancholy theme, but nothing that would make you rather shoot yourself than finish the CD. The music is anything but sad. I would recommend sampling it on Amazon before checking it out so you don't waste your time. I personally enjoyed it. Besides, Dan Auerbach's voice is food for the soul.
A slightly more experimental album than "El Camino", with muddier melodies awash in Danger Mouse's ghostly production. It sometimes feels like a fancy package with no substance inside of it. But man, what a cool-sounding package.
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