Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Black Keys - Brothers -2010-

(Rock, Blues, Alternative)

From: Akron, Ohio

The maturation of the Black Keys as record makers and performers has been both subtle and startling. With their 2008 release Attack & Release - the fifth album of their eight-year career which doubled the sales of their previous album and debut Magic Potion - guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney illustrated the durability of their few-frills sound, a mysterious and heavy brew of seventies-vintage rock, classic R&B and timeless, downhearted blues. Producer and pal Danger Mouse, their first outside collaborator, didn't try to reinvent their sound but further isolated its essence with the help of a few carefully chosen guest players and some retro-modern electronic gear. Brothers uses that past formula perfectly making for a very nice album with a lot of sonic diversity. An enjoyable listen that will only build upon the solid reputation these rockers already have. The two featured tracks are great.

The Black Keys - Next Girl

The Black Keys - Tighten Up