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Editors’ Notes

Keep It Hid is the first solo album by the guitarist and singer of the Black Keys, and it’s nothing shy of amazing. Dirty, gritty, at times spooky, and unrelentingly funky, it’s less a departure from his work with Patrick Carney in the Black Keys, and more of a full-bodied extension of that band’s sound and feel. With a diverse yet cohesive set of songs, Auerbach delivers powerhouse rock-n-soul (“Mean Monsoon,” “The Prowl,” “My Last Mistake”), hook-filled heavy blues (“I Want Some More,” “When I Left the Room”), and moving, world-weary ballads (“Trouble Weighs a Ton,” “Whispered Words (Pretty Lies),” “When the Night Comes”). Along with guitar, Auerbach also plays drums, percussion, and keyboards here, but this is much more than just a one-man effort. He brought in a handful of friends and family to help fill out the sound, as well as to help write some of the tunes, and this added dimension helps reveal other sides of Auerbach’s songwriting talents. He's a deeply soulful and emotional singer who's able to tap into dark themes of isolation, betrayal, and regret, and somehow make it a cathartic experience. Fans of the Black Keys will flip for Keep It Hid, as should about anyone else within earshot.

Customer Reviews

Soundtrack of Cool

Can Dan do any wrong? Everything he does is amazing. This album is more reflective and less driving than The Black Keys. Less fightin' and more lovin'. The soundtrack for single malt nights with a beautiful woman.

Just get it...

This is an incredible effort from one of the best singer/songwriter/musicians out right now. Jack White? No,no, no. This is better, a multi-talented musician, with a beautiful soulful voice. Absolute genius.

Love It!!!

I'm glad I stumbled upon Dan Auerbach!! I recommend purchasing the entire album. It's good listening from start to finish!!


Born: May 14, 1979 in Akron, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As frontman of the Black Keys, vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach embraced the raw sound of electric blues-rock alongside drummer Pat Carney. The Ohio-based band released a string of acclaimed albums during the early 2000s, including the Top 20 hit Attack & Release, before Auerbach opted to branch out with a concurrent solo career. Having built his own studio in Akron, OH, the songwriter began recording new material that melded his bluesy background with elements of psychedelia, country, and gospel....
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