[New Release] THE BLACK KEYS
Label: Nonesuch/Easy Eye Sound
The Black Keys are back with a return to the band’s roots. And just in case its opening song doesn’t make that clear enough, the album’s title - “Let’s Rock” - spells out their intention.
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have made rock with a bluesy-funk undertone their specialty, with this influence even shining through on some of Auerbach’s production projects.
Opener “Shine a Little Light” is appropriately bright and upbeat, entering with a blues-rock feel before changing gears into a more garage-rock sound for the chorus.
While the Black Keys has returned to its catchy, provocative riffs, “Let’s Rock” leans closer to its more recent albums than its earlier, grittier sound. Softer songs, like “Walk Across the Water” and “Sit Around and Miss You,” bring depth to the album, while the female background vocalists used throughout add gentle, soulful tones.
From top to bottom, the 12-track “Let’s Rock” holds tight to captivating instrumentation, with guitar at the center. The Black Keys are rock royalty and to the relief of many, the band isn’t quite ready to relinquish its reign.