This is a post about The Black Keys. The name of this post is: The Black Keys – Brothers

The Black Keys – Brothers

Tracklist

  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

About the album

Brothers, is the sixth studio release from American rock duo, The Black Keys. Released in May 2010, Brothers made The Black Keys household names in music… as it was the duo’s commercial breakthrough. Brothers peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. The album won three Grammy Awards in 2011 for “Best Alternative Music Album”. Brothers, has been certified platinum.

Thoughts on the album

The problem with being a duo, is that you get compared to other notable duos who have achieved the most success int he mainstream. Hence why The Black Keys get compared to The White Stripes.

There is never a dull moment on Brothers and if you are looking for gritty, bluesy, rock… then look no further. Brothers features some of the most superb and bluesy arrangements/productions executed by the band. Brothers opens with “Everlasting Light” which finds Auerbach singing falsetto over a heavily fuzzed guitar and a repetitive, but forceful drum beat.

The follow-up to the opener, “Next Girl”, is a bombastic tune featuring alluring, and superb songwriting. It has a simple, yet enjoyable hook: “my next girl/will be nothing like my ex-girl/I made mistakes back then/I’ll never do it again.” The pacing of “Next Girl” is excellent, as the duo recognize the need for space in a song.

The first sing from Brothers, “Tighten Up”, features some of the most fantastic drum work I have ever heard. The song is a smooth toe-tapper, featuring futuristic guitar riffs and well developed and standout groove. The duo even dabble with a little bit of organ in “Tighten Up” adding that epic feel to it.

“Howlin’ For You” keeps up the pace with a drum groove that works great here. Only could argue that the drum groove here is in the same lane as the one from “Rock and Roll (part 2)”. Of course, the use of keyboards here add even more to the consummate musicianship of The Black Keys. “Howlin’ for You” sounds like a throwback to different era of rock… it has a vintage guitar and bass riff/sound.

Can there be too much of a good thing? If so, then Brothers is a prime example of having too much of good having. The record clocks in at 15 tracks and 55 minutes, and as much as I hate to say it, the length definitely bogs down the quality. If they would have trimmed a wee bit of fat from the album… it would be damn near perfect.

Conclusion

The vintage R&B and soul sound work wonders for The Black Keys. The variety between tempos, melodies, and genres will keep you coming back to this record. While at 15 tracks the album overstays it’s welcome, Brothers does stay with you. Featuring refined songwriting, some monster hooks, and a growing grab bag of influences than any one classic sound, Brothers has something to please everyone. As the album cover plain states… this is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers. Absolutely magnificent.

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