The Black Keys are an interesting group from Akron, Ohio. Consisting of two members vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, they’ve been producing their unique sonic storm since 2001. And with the help of Alive Records , Fat Possum Records , and Nonesuch Records have put out 7 full length albums and 2 EP’s. Over the 11 years they’ve been together they’ve endured harsh criticism, but in the end triumphed and are now in a position to take over the world of rock.
Their latest release ‘El Camino’ (Nonesuch) has taken over rock radio with the single ‘Lonely Boy’ and landed them at number 2 on Billboard’s Top 200. The album itself consists of 11 tracks, each with their own flare and flavor. The Album starts with the single ‘Lonely Boy’ and ends with a Rolling Stones sounding track entitled ‘Mind Eraser’ . There are many highlights on the album, including the rocking ‘Gold on The Ceiling’ . The most impresive song on the album however is the track ‘Little Black Submarines’ which starts with an acoustic section that sounds like a mix of Jethro Tulls ‘Aqualong’, Led Zeppelin’s classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’, and Blind Faiths ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’ . The song then goes into a heavier section reminiscent of Tom Petty’s ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’.
Overall the album in my mind is a great addition to anyone’s music library. I definitely will be jamming this record for years to come.
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