Full disclosure. I like the Black Keys. With their first seven albums they cemented their, “can do nothing fallacious” (besides when collaborating with rap and hip hop artists – Blackroc by no means occurred) cachet with me. There are only a few bands that make it to that degree with me: Velvet Underground, Nirvana, The Pixies, Heartless Bastards, Beastie Boys, so coming in to this evaluate of their newest album, Brothers , please perceive I’ve a baked in bias. I anticipate it to be candy.
Upon a primary pay attention it seems to be just like the boys realized some issues from their collaboration with Hazard Mouse on the final effort, Assault & Launch , and even perhaps from rubbing elbows with geniuses like Raekwon, RZA and Q-Tip on the horrible Blackroc album. The sound is wealthy. It's full. And utterly saturated in soul. It's not the stripped received duo uncooked rock of the Fats Possum gems, and I'm cool with it.
Brothers opens with Eternal Gentle, and I’ve to let you know one thing proper right here. I like Marc Bolan. Dude did it proper. I maintain a substantial amount of reverence for Electrical Warrior by T Rex, so when Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney step proper in with the Mambo Solar homage, I'm offered once more. I'm paying the sticker worth twice as a result of that's how a lot it's hittin 'residence. Mr. Auerbach's pipes are in fantastic kind, the guitar and drums excellent and now backing vocals slide in.
The desk is about for the present piece, the one minimize, the “single” of the album: Subsequent Woman. “Oh my subsequent woman might be nothing like my ex woman … I made errors again then, I'll by no means do it once more. Oh my subsequent woman might be nothing like my ex woman … it was a painful dance however I acquired a second likelihood. ”
I'm not one to investigate lyrics, however that’s depraved writing there, piercing proper to the core of break up, tenuous relationship, and hurtful love. God it is a good tune.
The album is beginning to actually wash over me. Tighten Up is whistling by. Patrick is pummeling me in Howlin 'For You.
The Solely One washes me away into cool nonetheless waters … it's lovely. Ten Cent Pistol is available in like Primal Scream, then merely kills it with this intriguing homicide story instructed on high of a extremely produced lush sound. This is likely to be one of the best tune on a loaded album.
Gotta love the road in The Go Getter, “Maintain on and don't let go, fairly ladies assist soften the blow.” Unknown Brother is sort of a Hasil Adkins and Invoice Withers collaboration: soiled guitar on a soulful feather mattress. By no means Gonna Give You Up is a Jerry Butler cowl, and The Keys do it properly. Don't confuse this R&B gem to Rick Astley's rick rolled meme. This is the reason I like the Black Keys. They will cowl of an old style tune and do it proper, preserving the unique soul and attraction, however including a twist that tells me the long run may simply be okay.
Studio-released albums by The Black Keys:
The Massive Come Up (2002)
The Moan EP (2004)
Rubber Manufacturing unit (2004)
Magic Potion (2006)
Assault & Launch (2008)