Reading some Pride and Prejudice and drinking coffee
Let them eat gold
The Black Keys show off more new studio tricks, same old sound
I reviewed the latest from the Black Keys for the A.V. Club. Spoiler alert: it’s a shitty album.
I haven’t heard this album but I listened to an interview the band did with npr’s All Songs Considered. The host Bob was trying to be nice and commented on how this album was different. That it didn’t sound like The Black Keys. This made the guitarist a little upset and he went on this rant about how he could systematically break down their new album and prove that it was actually very similar to their first. I agree with the band but that’s not a good thing. This album is nothing special. And the fact that their band sound never changes is an example if bad musicianship. As a band you know you did something when you can describe a bands whole music career by using a cliche. I can ask you, “Hey, you know that one Black Keys song that has a bluesy guitar sound and gritty drums? And you would be in the right to comply, “Which one, they all sound like that?”
I do want to say that the new Lockdown album from Dr.John was genius. I was surprised when I heard that one of the members from the Black Keys had his hand in that. Beautiful album. I guess I was expecting more from The Black Keys because Dr.Johns album was so great.