12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sometimes an album just names itself. “We were in the studio and reading the local news in Nashville,” The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “They executed the first prisoner in 16 years in Nashville the week we were recording. They asked for his final words and he said, ‘Let’s rock.’”

There isn’t a lot of overthinking on The Black Keys’ first new record in five years. It’s the sound of the duo kicking out the jams in Nashville. Topics of escape and confusion are seeded in Auerbach’s dueling guitar overlays and propped up by Patrick Carney’s steady hands. Songs recall the joy of traveling up and down a transistor radio dial in the ’70s; there are nods to Stealers Wheel (“Sit Around and Miss You”) and The Amboy Dukes (“Every Little Thing”), as well as dips into glam and Texas boogie-woogie. Carney digs for “When the Levee Breaks” bedrock on “Go.” Then “Lo/Hi,” “Fire Walk With Me,” and “Get Yourself Together” are classic Black Keys, complete with strutting backbeat and Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson’s backup vocals, which are so key to their chemistry and continuity.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Sometimes an album just names itself. “We were in the studio and reading the local news in Nashville,” The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “They executed the first prisoner in 16 years in Nashville the week we were recording. They asked for his final words and he said, ‘Let’s rock.’”

There isn’t a lot of overthinking on The Black Keys’ first new record in five years. It’s the sound of the duo kicking out the jams in Nashville. Topics of escape and confusion are seeded in Auerbach’s dueling guitar overlays and propped up by Patrick Carney’s steady hands. Songs recall the joy of traveling up and down a transistor radio dial in the ’70s; there are nods to Stealers Wheel (“Sit Around and Miss You”) and The Amboy Dukes (“Every Little Thing”), as well as dips into glam and Texas boogie-woogie. Carney digs for “When the Levee Breaks” bedrock on “Go.” Then “Lo/Hi,” “Fire Walk With Me,” and “Get Yourself Together” are classic Black Keys, complete with strutting backbeat and Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson’s backup vocals, which are so key to their chemistry and continuity.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

englishtim3584 ,

The Pride of Akron Ohio is back!

The first two tracks sounds like this album will be a great one like El Camino. Turn Blue had more of a blues rock feel to it, and unlke many Black Keys fans I liked it.

Ryan Dellwood ,

Where is the rock?

I have seen the Black Keys back when crowds were less than twenty. Early albums were superb. This is not good in any way, and the reviewer who said it is better that the White Stripes is way off. There is no pretense on any of the White Stripes sound ; the last several Black Keys sounds the same and very commercial. Sorry, this is no good. So , Dan, we are ready to rock. Where is it?

djshortstack ,

Hmm.

The riffs are crunchy, and it's always cool to hear Dan and Patrick doing their thing.
But I guess I prefer my Black Keys with more grime than glam.

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