Review: The Black Keys Rev It Up On ‘El Camino’ Their All New, All Action Album

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[pullquote quote=”This is the first record we’ve made where it’s all rock & roll.” credit=”Patrick Carney”]Rarely is one of the best albums of the year released only days before Chirstmas. After ten years, three record labels, six albums, three GRAMMY awards, and hundreds of shows, El Camino follows the most successful two years in [lastfm]The Black Keys[/lastfm]’ career.

In May of 2010, the Black Keys released their breakthrough album, Brothers. Debuting at #2 in the U.S., it went on to win three GRAMMYs and an MTV Video Music Award, and it topped numerous year-end lists, including iTunes, NPR, and Rolling Stone.

Now they’ve given us El Camino.

Produced by [lastfm]Danger Mouse[/lastfm] (Brian Burton) and The Keys themselves, El Camino was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville this past spring. The Mouse (who also produced the Keys’ first mainstream success) has kneaded in some ’70s rock and ’80s pop into the new album — pulling from [lastfm]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] to [lastfm]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm], [lastfm]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] to [lastfm]The White Stripes[/lastfm] and beyond.

It’s a total a hook-fest — faster and slicker than anything The Keys have done before.

the black keys 19 Review: The Black Keys Rev It Up On El Camino Their All New, All Action AlbumPhotos: The Black Keys 12/30/2010Though the traditional BK sound has reached new borders, each track keeps a timeless quality. The band has decided to stream five songs from the album – the previously heard “Lonely Boy” and “Run Right Back”, as well as new cuts “Gold on the Ceiling,” “Little Black Submarines,” and “Sister.”

“Run Right Back” is undeniably catchy. It’s literally been stuck in my head since I first heard it. Listen to the five tracks over at the band’s website.


The Black Keys, “Run Right Back”

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El Camino Tracklist
01. Lonely Boy
02. Dead and Gone
03. Gold on the Ceiling
04. Little Black Submarines
05. Money Maker
06. Run Right Back
07. Sister
08. Hell of a Season
09. Stop Stop
10. Nova Baby
11. Mind Eraser

[pullquote quote=”This record has a lot of that going on—guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards all working together. El Camino is definitely fast.” credit=”Dan Auerbach”]Long story short — El Camino is catchier, glitzier, ballsier than the Keys’ previous releases. Let’s hope it shares the same success as Brothers. The Black Keys have been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the song “Dearest” from Rave On Buddy Holly at The 54th GRAMMYs and will hit the road early next year.

The Black Keys will embark on the first leg of their U.S. tour in March of 2012, with shows in arenas such as New York’s Madison Square Garden, Boston’s TD Garden, and Chicago’s United Center. Ticket sales for the general public will start on 12/9.

3/2/12 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
3/3/12 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
3/4/12 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
3/6/12 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center
3/7/12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
3/9/12 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
3/10/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
3/12/12 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
3/13/12 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
3/14/12 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
3/16/12 – Indianapolis, IN – Conseco Fieldhouse
3/18/12 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
3/19/12 – Chicago, IL – United Center (fan presale for this show will be 12/13)
3/20/12 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
3/23/12 – Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center


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