The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
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When it was announced that Danger Mouse would be working with the Black Keys on their 2008 album, Attack & Release, it seemed like a fresh start for a band that had run out of ideas. While DM indeed brought some psychedelic side dishes to Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney's meat-and-potatoes blues-rock table-- a little pan flute here, some spaghetti Western guitar licks there-- Attack & Release had its share of samey-sounding midtempo cuts, sugges

ting that the duo were content to write variations on the same theme. Subsequent side projects (both worked in Damon Dash's not-disastrous rap-rock experiment Blakroc, and Carney formed the all-percussion group Drummer) suggested that they probably felt this creative stagnation, too. As for Auerbach's basically-a-Black-Keys-album solo effort, Keep It Hid: guy's gotta get it out of his system somehow.

Drowned in Sound

After four albums of fuzzed-up garage-blues, in 2008 it suddenly seemed as if The Black Keys didn’t want to be The Black Keys any more. First of all they roped in Dangermouse to produce their Attack & Release album; that still basically sounded like its predecessors with some extra production flourishes, so they went back to the drawing board.

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Stand-Out Tracks:
- Tighten Up
- The Only One
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Howlin' For You, She's Long Gone, Black Mud, The Only One, Sinister Kid

Least Fav: These Days
There are some solid tracks here. But the album felt a bit too lengthy for me. I also feel that they watered it down a bit. Still some tracks worth going back to.

Favourite tracks: Unknown Brother, Never Gonna Give You Up, Ten Cent Pistol, The Only One, Everlasting Light
A catchy local-ohio bluesband sound recaptured with lots of trends of current pop-rock exemplified as well. Truly a successful crossover album.
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May 18, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
The Black Keys, Mark Neill, Danger Mouse / Producer
Rock / Genres
# 12 - A.V. Club
# 3 - Amazon
# 1 - American Songwriter
# 13 - Clash
# 28 - Consequence of Sound
# 5 - MOJO
# 33 - One Thirty BPM
# 46 - Paste
# 17 - PopMatters
# 11 - Q Magazine
# 6 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 2 - Rolling Stone
# 5 - Slant
# 30 - Spin
# 11 - Spinner
# 7 - Time
# 28 - Uncut
# 9 - Under the Radar
# 3 - NPR Listeners (Mid Year)
Track List
  1. Everlasting Light 
  2. Next Girl 
  3. Tighten Up 
  4. Howlin' for You 
  5. She's Long Gone 
  6. Black Mud 
  7. The Only One 
  8. Too Afraid to Love You 
  9. Ten Cent Pistol 
  10. Sinister Kid 
  11. The Go Getter 
  12. I'm Not the One 
  13. Unknown Brother 
  14. Never Gonna Give You Up 
  15. These Days
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