It’s weird first I got acquainted with Dan Auerbach in 2009, with his solo album Keep It Hide. He was confirm to play at Azkena Rock Festival and felt like giving him a chance after reading many good reviews, and his album being praised in music forums. The album is really cool and the show was a blast. I was so ignorant of his career with The Black Keys, when I got the chance to talk to him, he surely thought I was an asshole…gotta say I was pretty wasted in that moment, he wasn’t precisely the most outgoing person, and the conversation was kind of stupid. The funniest thing was that we asked him about coming back to Europe for touring in small venues and he told us about his band…we hadn’t any clue what he was talking about and thought it was just a project, so we wished him good luck. My God!
The two most outstanding features I found in Auerbach were his voice and the lyrics, I find them particularly cool, I really like what he says, thus probably because of these and because sometimes one album is not enough and you need more, I started nosing into his stuff with The Black Keys.
It was Attack and Release the starting point, and then I went on with Magic Potion, but to be honest, I basically focused on the first.
And then Brothers came into my life.
I was a bit reluctant to listen to it, as their increasing popularity forced the idea in my mind that Auerbach and Patrick Carney had sold his souls to the mainstream for commercial success, but eventually I ended up listening to the album, and dears, how wrong I was, in my opinion, and admitting I do not control their complete discography, it’s their best work.
Samples reminding of 70’s soul stuff, amazing lyrics and a particular sound make this album very special. True, everything has been already discovered and invented, yet they have been able to find their own identity, and you can recognize them anytime. So easy listening anyone can feel close to it, the guys from Akron have managed to convince me they’re not another hype.
Brothers include 15 tracks, and I could name all of them, cause don’t find any of them for filling purposes, they are not expendable at all. Next Girl, Howlin’ For You, The Only One, Never Gonna Give You Up…I don’t know which one I prefer over all.
Thus, I spent listening to Brothers close to the obsession last week, and I just can say this damn album is brilliant.
I’ve read somewhere they’ve already finished their seventh album. This time I’m counting the days to listen to it, if it’s as half as good as Brothers, that’ll be fine.
You want a sample of what I’m talking about? here is the video of Tighten Up, teah, their videos are pretty cool too!