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Turn Blue

The Black Keys

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iTunes Editors' Notes

The soul-infused bassline, haunting tape echo and snaking guitar solo of “Weight of Love” make a slow-burning opener for The Black Keys’ eighth studio album. At nearly seven-minutes long, the tune underscores the Akron duo’s continual evolution from the brilliantly scuzzy garage rock that put them on the map in the early ’00s. Aided by the co-production of Danger Mouse (who has joined them on every album since 2010’s Brothers), anything seems possible on Turn Blue. Vacillating between strutting, future-disco jams (“Bullet in the Brain”, “Year in Review”) and soulful synth-driven rockers (“10 Lovers”, “Fever”), Turn Blue is unified by singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s passionate songwriting, a brooding, ghostly atmosphere and the enduring power—and flexibility—of the blues.

Customer Reviews

An Album with an Identity Crisis

Before I get into this, I wan't to make clear I like this album, and more importantly, I love this band I don't think they have made a single bad album and I don't think this album is their first. However, this album is nowhere near perfect. The fact of the matter is, this is an album that has no clue what it wants to be. Sometimes it's pshychedelic, sometimes it's synth-rock, and sometimes it's a weird mish-mash of the two with some old blues-rock flourishes. This makes the album overall very inconsistant, and the songs are no different. Without a clear cohesive sound, everything just falls apart at places. However, when the album does stick to one thing it does a fantastic job of it, and those moments alone are worth the price of purchase. That said, this is possibly the worst album the black keys have ever done, and if you are not a fan of their new direction DO NOT buy this album.

Not what i was expecting

After those first two singles i was expecting something more like el camino...and i'm so glad it's something much, much better. The fusion of classic psychedelic and modern blues rock is hypnotising.

Edgy and upbeat, god forbid

From what I hear I really like the Album, new to the Black Keys I like toe tapping licks that race you head long to the next song. Probably why i'm not a huge fan of Attack and Release. While that is a decent album it isn't a Black Keys album. For those of you who think they should return to their roots and produce the same thing they did 10 years ago in their garage and never evolve, well maybe you should try evolving. If a band is going to stay on top they have to move forward and not just be stuck in the same ole mud hole. Thank god for the Keys, real music I can't wait to hear the whole album.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Akron, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It's too facile to call the Black Keys counterparts of the White Stripes: they share several surface similarities — their names are color-coded, they hail from the Midwest, they're guitar-and-drum blues-rock duos — but the Black Keys are their own distinct thing, a tougher, rougher rock band with a purist streak that never surfaced in the Stripes. But that's not to say that the Black Keys are blues traditionalists: even on their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, they covered the Beatles' psychedelic...
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