The Black Keys – Brothers, Win a Limited Edition Copy [Album Review, Free Shit]

by oz on May 18, 2010

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The Black Keys may have released the best album of 2010. Like every album from the two-piece DIY blues rockers, Brothers is fierce and explosive effort combining Pat Carney’s reckless drumming abandon with Dan Auerbach’s big guitar riffs and howling vocals.

After the advanced copy of the album arrived, I exchanged a few IM’s with fellow HearYan, Woody. He’s a married father of three from the Chicago burbs. His immediate comments:

I would let Dan & Patrick violate me in ways that aren’t even human.
And I would let Patrick play bongos on my buttocks.

Woody wasn’t the only one getting weird. The first three tracks were enough to work me into a lather inappropriate for the workplace. The leadoff track, “Everlasting Light,” is a soulful groove with hypnotic beats that finds Dan’s vocals falling into a new falsetto range.

“Next Girl” may be the best breakup song of all time with lyrics “My next girl/ Will be nothing like my ex-girl/ I made mistakes back then/ I’ll never do it again.” The next track, “Tighten Up” is the only Danger Mouse produced track (he produced all of their previous album, Attack and Release) and it’s the first single being released. Pay particular attention to the tempo change at the 2:30 mark. Genius.

Other highlights on the album include the heartbreaking”Unknown Brother” and the soft closer, “These Days,” that sounds like something off of Beck’s Sea Change with a hint Ray Lamontagne creeping out of Dan’s voice box. Is there a better band in America these days? No. There is not.

We have a free deluxe edition of Brothers to give away! Just email us your name and mailing address at freeshit@hearya.com for consideration.This very limited edition deluxe version of the album includes:

  • A collectible 56 page hardbound book with never-before-seen live photos, intimate backstage and studio shots of The Black Keys
  • The full album “Brothers” on CD housed in the back panel of the book
  • A 9 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ lithograph featuring an exclusive photo of the band – a limited number will be Autographed!

Video: The Black Keys – Next Girl

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

oddbodkins May 18, 2010 at 6:52 am

If i had known you were going to give it away, i wouldn’t have ordered the deluxe package myself. i should have known better.

My youngest brother listened to it at midnight whilst i was in the arms of Morpheus, as my dear old Grandpappy used to say. Bro feels it’s their greatest album ever, but he’s a sucker for hyperbole. i’m only on my first listen now, but you’re right, that opener is a beast. Makes a man proud t0 be bearded.

Woody May 18, 2010 at 7:11 am

While that IM was said in the heat of the moment, I will stand by it. There have been shitloads of good albums this year but this is the front-runner right now. Although, I think that The Low Anthem’s upcoming release is going to give it a run for its money.

For those who still subscribe to Rolling Stone, their is a great piece on the boys which, dare I say it, makes me like them even more.

April May 18, 2010 at 7:15 am

Personally, I am taking my Brothers LP down to city hall this afternoon to be bound with it in holy wedlock. It’s incredible, and I’m excited to hear every song as it comes up on the player.

I think it would be a good companion to my favorite album by my favorite band, Black Love from fellow Ohioans the Afghan Whigs.

Shirk May 18, 2010 at 7:18 am

Agreed – that 2:30 mark in Tighten Up is pure gold. Love that groove. I’ve been really studying the production on this album as well. Love the tones these guys laid down. Somehow different from their live sound that we caught most recently at SXSW, but still ferocious and blaring like a foghorn at times. It should be noted that this album was not recorded at Dan’s studio in Akron, but down in Alabama at the famed Muscle Shoals sound Studio.
Earlier this week I really enjoyed this article from a black keys fansite. http://theblackkeysfanlounge.com/2009/10/the-black-keys-new-album-recorded-at-muscle-shoals-sound-studio/

willy May 18, 2010 at 7:37 am

this album is retardedly awesome, good lord!

April May 18, 2010 at 7:50 am

Shirk – Actually, the bulk of it was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but some was recorded at Dan’s studio, and “Tighten Up” was recorded at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn.

Shirk May 18, 2010 at 9:06 am

Thanks for the info, april.

oz May 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Congrats to Ann for winning the prize pack. Y’all can quit emailing us now. The inbox is full.

Selvam, Sivagangai November 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm

This is the first time I am paying attention to what blues-rock means. I not only love this album, I am also beginning to explore blues-rock. I have always been familiar with The Doors and Led Zeppelin, but did not realize their music can be categorized as blues-rock. Thank you for this review.

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