Waiting on a Song

Dan Auerbach - Waiting on a Song
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #504 / 831
User Score
Based on 69 ratings
2017 Ratings: #585
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June 2, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Easy Eye Sound, Nonesuch / Label
Pop Rock, Blues Rock / Genres
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The thing about this album is, it shows the power of craft across the board: he's become a vivid, imaginative producer and now he's writing songs to match.

In anyone else’s hands, Waiting might be dismissed as a mere dalliance with lighthearted pop frivolity. Yet given Auerbach’s resume, this becomes an avenue for expressing unfiltered emotions without the need to prove anything otherwise.


'Waiting On A Song' is a tight and authentically arranged homage to hook-laden '70s Pop Rock, executed with style and panache.

God Is in the TV

Fans of the early Black Keys work will no doubt be aghast, but for those of us who like to keep an open mind on all genres of music, Waiting On A Song is a very likeable slice of melodic whimsy.

Dan Auerbach channels his newfound Nashville residency into a joyously organic album that's got soul from start to finish.
Slant Magazine

Thanks to the care and detail Auerbach puts into evoking both the sound and melodic character that defined bygone eras while exploring new modes of songwriting he's rarely, if ever, delved into before, Waiting on a Song marks an unexpected turn for the musician.

Rolling Stone

He's taken the right tack, tapping great talent to grow his retro style without just playing dress-up, creating a Seventies country-soul-rock palette part Lee Hazelwood, part Jim Ford, plus spare parts.

Celebrating his influences and paying homage are admirable and generate a joyous, entertaining album, but it ends too quickly.
It’s not a world beater of an album by any means, but Auerbach’s ability to continue to branch out into things other than what he’s expected to produce can only be admired.

Auerbach’s obvious affection for these touchstones, and for these performers, more than makes up for such shortcomings.

A.V. Club

Competent and charming as it is, Waiting On A Song never quite has the spark to rise above homage and carve out something distinct.


For all of Auerbach’s eagerness to deliver the Music Row-worthy songwriting goods, Waiting on a Song can you leave you wishing he had waited a little longer.

Under The Radar

Ornate and sunny, the album is a love letter to '60s R&B and '70s soft rock, with lushly arranged strings peppering the songs, none of which are longer than four minutes-and, truthfully, none of which would sound out of place in an Urban Outfitters following a Leon Bridges power hour.

The Independent
The range of Dan Auerbach’s production interests – from Dr John to Lana Del Rey – indicates the breadth of The Black Keys’ frontman’s musical interests, to which this second solo album adds a further few wrinkles.

This is a bright and breezy, folk-tinged affair that’s a long way from the belligerent guitars of latter-day ‘Keys.

American Songwriter

This is sun-roof open, beach blanket bingo music that slides down easily and doesn’t demand much from the listener.

Consequence of Sound

Although it features a few radio-ready summer moments, Waiting on a Song never quite rises to the heights reached by its famous collaborators or canon-approved inspirations.

Dan Auerbach's "Waiting on the Song" is a breezy, poppy, lighthearted affair. Reminiscent of works produced by Phil Spector, Auerbach's self-produced record feels more like an attempt to refine his production skills as opposed to making an album that needed to be made.

The songs don't require your attention; the only thing they do require is your enjoyment of 60s/70s pop records. It's an album based solely on what it sounds like, not what any of the songs actually say.

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It’s alright
For his second album, Dan Auerbach made all the preparation for a light flashback in the 70's that would flow without any particular fuss and without any particular effort, before it vanishes for good.
As light as his Black Keys are heavy, Dan Auerbach’s second solo album in eight years is a delightful ’70’s flashback chock-full of upbeat melodic hits the decade’s chart topping AM radio fare is now famous for. Waiting On A Song is 32 minutes of toe-tapping sunshine and optimism. The perfect summer record enjoyable all year round. Rating 8.5/10 songofthedayclub.wordpress.com
A respectful folk / rock.
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Track List

  1. Waiting on a Song
  2. Malibu Man
  3. Livin' in Sin
  4. Shine on Me
  5. King of a One Horse Town
  6. Never in My Wildest Dreams
  7. Cherrybomb
  8. Stand by My Girl
  9. Undertow
  10. Show Me
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Added on: March 30, 2017