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Black On Blues - A Tribute to the Black Keys

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not what i was hoping for

I was stoked about this when i stumbled upon it in itunes because I absolutely love their Blakroc album and they definitely seem to be able to fuse their music with other styles and genres. However with this album, sadly, i was let down.

I am a diehard fan of The Black Keys and in my opinion the covers on this album just fail in comparison to their inspirational originals. While there's no denying that the artists featured in this album have incredible talent, i just felt that they could have celebrated the work of TBK by using more of their own originality in the songs. It could be because some of the artist are comparatively lackluster when going for the vocal sound that Dan puts out. Or, it could be that some try to be TOO similar stylistically to the original Black Keys versions while leaving out some of my favorite instrumental bits. Either way, I wasn't too impressed by this album as an overall piece.

There were 3 songs that I purchased, 2 of which happened to be The Black Keys' older works covered by more raspy voices (I Got Mine and When the Lights Go Out). I also bought Little Black Submarines because i love the original version and am a big fan of The Allman Brothers. If it wasn't for these three tunes, I would have only given it two stars.

It is true that I am a bigger fan of The Black Keys' older work as it is so that may very well be another reason why I wasn't as excited to hear this album as i was to hear about it. Perhaps if the approach was more like the John Prine tribute album, Dirty Windows, Broken Hearts, in which the artists exemplified more of their own known sound rather than just putting out more of a karaoke-style album, I would have have applauded this album much more.

I think after listening to The Black Keys for years and listening over and over to their versions of these songs, I was just not blown away by any new twists on them because they all seemed to be bland in comparison. In sampling the whole album I wasn't caught by anything in particular to be an interesting take on the original that I couldn't live without. In this case, Dan and Pat definitely do it better!

Cute album

It's kind of a funny album. The singers have comical voices. And I like it. It's like a novelty album.


Iggy Pop did an amazing job!!

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