At once timeless and brand new, this beautiful album invokes my favorite Pink Floyd (circa Dark Side of the Moon) and Neil Young (Down By the River), while being true to its own sensibilities. As is to be expected with The Black Keys, the drumming is stellar - spot on, crisp, and not overwrought at all. There's a great NPR interview with Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach (the core of The Black Keys) that sheds light on how they pulled together the "gently strummed acoustic guitars. Lovely falsetto vocals. Tinkling bells and dreamy atmospherics" that bring new flavors, while staying grounded in the swagger, thumping bass lines, and rumbling beats we expect. Perhaps it has something to do with their continued collaboration with Brian Burton a.k.a. Danger Mouse (famous for his own work including Broken Bells and Gnarls Barkley, as well as producing Beck, Gorillaz and Norah Jones). Listen NOW. Check our catalog.
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