November 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm #377322
Their new album El Camino comes out on December 6th! Who’s picking it up? It follows their Alternative Album win for Brothers, which was a very strong album.
Their first single is “Lonely Boy” and it’s a smash! Have you guys seen the video for it yet? It’s the best sh*t ever:November 30, 2011 at 1:06 am #377324
haha the video is great. I’ll definitely check out this new album.November 30, 2011 at 1:20 am #377325
Cool vid. Lonely Boy is good too. Looking forward to this album.November 30, 2011 at 2:38 am #377326
Ah… I love The Black Keys videos. They’re awesome. Another great single, and another great video. Hopefully their next album will be as awesome or better than Brothers.November 30, 2011 at 11:56 am #377327
I’m really digging the Black Keys right now. I’ve even started getting into their back catalog. “Brothers” was one of my favorite albums of 2010. Here’s hoping “El Camino” delivers. I’m impressed the album hasn’t leaked yet.November 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm #377328
^it has. I found a link this morning.November 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm #377329
You can take the band out of the garage, but you can’t take the garage out of the band. That’s the message behind the Black Keys’ awesomely down-and-dirty seventh album, which caps off a stellar year that found the Ohio blues-rock duo winning three Grammys for their 2010 breakthrough, Brothers, and fielding offers from Robert Plant to play bass for the band.
At a time like this, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney might be forgiven for trading their minimalist sound for something a little more, well, maximum. Instead, they’ve teamed up with longtime producer Danger Mouse to do what they do best: make a small-room racket that sounds massive enough for a bigger-is-better world.
El Camino trades the soulful stylings of Brothers for harder-driving, faster-riffing rock & roll: Opener ”Lonely Boy” is all quick-shimmying drums and raunchy guitars; ”Gold on the Ceiling,” with its swarm-of-bees organs and acid-trip gospel harmonies, could be a lost Nuggets gem. The best surprise, though, is edge-of-sanity epic ”Little Black Submarines,” a crate-digger thriller that starts as a quiet acoustic hymn, then explodes. They don’t make vintage folk-rock heavy metal like they used to — if they ever used to. And that’s a very good thing. A-November 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm #377330
I still listen to Brothers a lot, in fact, it was in my CD player on my way home from work. If you go to their website and enter your email they give you access to five of the new songs. The new stuff is rocking so far. If this is well received and outsells Brothers, they could be in for some MAJOR Grammy love. I rarely listen to the radio but the few minutes I have it on a day, I often hear Lonely Boy on the rock station.December 4, 2011 at 7:42 am #377331
Just listened to the whole album all the way through.
It’s instantly enjoyable, but not instantly memorable, which is how I felt about Brothers. Which has become one of if not my favorite album of the past couple years. I like that they put in 11 tracks so it’s not too long.
This could be in contention for an AOTY nod next year.December 4, 2011 at 9:12 am #377332
I like the album and that its short and crisp, however Lonely Boy is the clear standout track and no other track lives up to it and sticks out of the whole. This isn’t necessarily bad as El Camino still is a great listen and creates a cool atmosphere, but it’s more like one big song. Maybe with a little time I am able to distinguish the tracks better.December 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm #377333
EL CAMINO (2011) –
The Black Keys
The Black Keys’ 2010 breakthrough album, “Brothers,” was a
near masterpiece. So one would expect that their follow up would be a
disappointment. Fortunately, the Keys’ “El Camino,” their seventh studio album,
continues the duo’s remarkable album quality streak. The Keys tone down the
soul influences that they offered on their previous album and replace it with
more grit, garage funk and hooks. First single “Lonely Boy” is immediate and
radio ready as is “Dead and Gone,” the subsequent follow up.
The first half of the album isn’t quite as strong as the
second half, but you honestly won’t care by the time you get to the thumping “Sister,”
the groovy “Stop Stop” and the melodic “Nova Baby,” you won’t care. It only
helps that the album’s closer, “Mind Eraser,” is equally strong. One of the
MY SCORE: 92December 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm #377334
Jus bought it. Happy to see that it’s being received positively (mostly)…December 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm #377335
BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE HANUKKAH:Apparently, Warner Bros. Records’ Rob Cavallo andTodd Moscowitz are on the “nice” list this year, as they celebrate the holiday season’s biggest smash inReprise crooner Michael Buble’s Christmas, while their Nonesuch release The Black Keys’ El Camino is slated for robust first-week sales of between 160-180k after receiving almost unprecedented critical kudos.(12/7p)January 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm #377336
Wanted to get this down in writing now…
I believe Black Keys will be a leading nominee next year and should have no problem getting as many nominations as The Foo Fighters this year.January 13, 2012 at 6:57 am #377337
I think that if it’s a bad year like 2011, then they have a shot for Album of the Year, otherwise they’ll be forgotten and end up with the same nominations they had last year.
People seem to think way too much of their Grammy success in 2011. They won a bunch of genre awards shockingly over Arcade Fire, nothing else happened. I still don’t get what all the fuss about that night is about even if AF ended up winning AOTY.
The album is pretty great, Lonely Boy is awesome and my favorite song of a horrible 2011.