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This is a blog about The Black Keys

 I am certain that friends, colleagues, and assuredly my own family have grown tired of my consistent response when the conversation turns to music and the inevitable “what are you listening to” question pops up. My answer, since its early May release, has been that I can’t get enough of the latest by the Akron, Ohio blues rock duo The Black Keys. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I am a real fan of the band and I have loved and continue to listen to everything that they have put out, but their latest record Brothers is just so good that I have found myself listening to it almost daily. The Black Keys music continues to be a perfect mix of the elemental power of traditional guitar blues with cool indie rock sensibilities and, on Brothers, bits of soul thrown in for good measure. From my perspective the band, six albums in, has matured in all the right ways, adding a bit more production and instrumentation on its last two records, Brothers and 2008’s Danger Mouse produced Attack & Release, and singer Dan Auerbach tests out a falsetto on a couple tracks on Brothers, including the great Everlasting Light - great live version posted below, that I never saw coming and weirdly comes close to sounding Antony and the Johnsons like, but the band never takes this experimentation too far, always keeping the song structure tight and holding firm to what makes them such a great band in the first place.

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This is a blog about The Black Keys

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 I am certain that friends, colleagues, and assuredly my own family have grown tired of my consistent response when the conversation turns to music and the inevitable “what are you listening to” question pops up. My answer, since its early May release, has been that I can’t get enough of the latest by the Akron, Ohio blues rock duo The Black Keys. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I am a real fan of the band and I have loved and continue to listen to everything that they have put out, but their latest record Brothers is just so good that I have found myself listening to it almost daily. The Black Keys music continues to be a perfect mix of the elemental power of traditional guitar blues with cool indie rock sensibilities and, on Brothers, bits of soul thrown in for good measure. From my perspective the band, six albums in, has matured in all the right ways, adding a bit more production and instrumentation on its last two records, Brothers and 2008’s Danger Mouse produced Attack & Release, and singer Dan Auerbach tests out a falsetto on a couple tracks on Brothers, including the great Everlasting Light - great live version posted below, that I never saw coming and weirdly comes close to sounding Antony and the Johnsons like, but the band never takes this experimentation too far, always keeping the song structure tight and holding firm to what makes them such a great band in the first place.

Music

Brothers
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Posted by Michael Cockrell at 10/26/2010 12:07:43 PM | 


Great tune. Marc Bolan would be proud.
Posted by: Ryan ( Email ) at 6/29/2010 10:09 AM


Too bad the video is no longer working. The Black Keys are amazing. Rock, jazz and blues combinations have been working for years and shall continue to work.
Posted by: CoolD ( Email ) at 8/15/2010 1:58 PM


Great, but wouldn't music get old if all you had available was a Db pentatonic scale?
Posted by: Greg ( Email ) at 10/26/2010 9:44 AM


I get it! - very funny Greg
Thanks CoolD - I posted a new live version of Everlasting Light
Posted by: Michael ( Email ) at 10/26/2010 12:10 PM


I am also a great fan of The Black Keys. And I keep myself updated with their latest music release.
Posted by: Natalie ( Email ) at 10/28/2011 3:21 AM


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