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Editors’ Notes

From the jump, “Everlasting Light” gets Brothers moving with a kinetic groove, and Auerbach breaks into a falsetto that’s later echoed on the seriously soulful “The Only One.” Danger Mouse, who produced the Keys’ previous full-length, returns for “Tighten Up,” which incorporates funky whistling and stuttering drumrolls. Two tracks (“Electric Mud” and “Howlin’ for You”) and the album’s artwork pay homage to Chicago blues icons Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Brothers peaks with its cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up” — not Rick Astley’s über-pop ditty, but rather the sultry soul song popularized by Isaac Hayes.

Customer Reviews

This Is An Album Review

This is a great album by the Black Keys. This is me trying to copy their style. This is me not managing to copy their style and so reverting back to normal writing:

Man I loved this album. This band has successfully improved their sound with every new record they release. It's definitely more produced than their first outings on Fat Possum, but that's not a bad thing. All of these songs sound like they will be convincingly portrayed live. That means that they don't rely on the extra instrumentation to groove. It's there but it's like sprinkles on your ice cream. You don't need them there, but they make it that much better.

Get this, and if you can, get it on Vinyl too. If you're reading this you probably know the band, and so you have an idea of what you're in for with these guys. This album will impress you. If it doesn't, well, that's not my fault.

Goodbye Keys

Someone once wrote, in reviewing The Black Keys, that Dan and Pat didn't as much play their instruments as they did attack them and beat the music out. No one is going to write that about this album or about the band again. The energy and rawness of their old sound is gone and it has been replaced by ballads, which they aren't really good at at all, and electronic trance music blended with tepid blues tinged pop. Not so much refined just relatively boring.
With their older albums they were a perfect fit for touring the old school rock blues circuit. This record belongs in Starbucks sponsored hospital clean art village clubs with well lit parking lots.
All that and they are still better than most of their contemporaries, they just aren't different from the rest of the keys any more.

Where is the rock?

Remember when their music would make you just wanna shoot Jack and fight strangers? Where did that rough edge blues/rock sound go? This stuff is so hip I can see the Armani suits they wore when they recorded it... Please come back Black, and replace these imposters.


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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