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Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday's Four Words: "El Camino" by The Black Keys

Consequently, not an El Camino

Here is my four word review (and then some) for The Black Keys' newest album, "El Camino."

Four Words: Rock + blues + new = fantastic!

And then some: I wish I were the sort of young hipster that would say, "Well, I liked The Black Keys long before they were popular. [Insert snobby hipster statement for more street cred]." Fortunately for you, while I was a bit of an Indie rock d-bag in my college years, I'm not ashamed to admit I found my way to The Black Keys based on an iTunes recommendation. iTunes recommended The Black Keys based on my obsessive love and interest in all things Jack White related, from the White Stripes, to the Raconteurs, to the Dead Weather.

Even with 30 seconds worth of The Black Keys' amazing, bluesy, southern roots sound, I decided to download their most popular album at the time: Attack and Release. And I loved it. Earlier albums like Thickfreakness harkened back to my days growing up among a household of musicians, and our small house blaring out the likes of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Robert Johnson along with southern-rock gems like the Allman Brothers.

With El Camino, they've taken a similar sound from their last album, Brothers, and have played with it, adding melodic backup vocals, imbuing it with a faster tempo and more energy, all while still keeping with their roots of blues and old time rock. The single from the album "Lonely Boy" is fun and upbeat yet still expanding with the soulful growl of Dan Auerbach. While almost all of the songs are upbeat songs, it seems like it gives El Camino much less variety and more of the same cookie-cutter frenzied pace, though the songs are exceptional enough to hold their own.    

While there are fewer slow tempo I-gots-the-blues type blues songs on this, and the fact that none of the cars pictured on the album cover are actual El Caminos, this is still an excellent addition for any newcomer or old fan.  

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At December 26, 2011 at 11:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will always be my favorite indie rock d-bag.

Love,

Stacy

 

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