First things first. I have to apologize for not posting much this week, but I’m passing through a heavy metal episode of flu with remarkable fever, which has left me drifting exhausted. Seems like I’m slowly recovering as this is the first day I’ve been able to write a little bit, but it’s taken me long time and effort to concentrate, as I feel quite dumb and dizzy. As soon as I’m done with this shit, I promise you I’ve been thinking of cool posts I want to write about. Hope I don’t disappoint you.
Thanks for your patience. I’m starting to recover the lost time now.
With the positive reviews praising the recently finished tour, which I missed, of the Akron guys, in my head, I felt inspired and compelled to recover Dan Auerbach’s solo album, Keep It Hid, the one which actually opened the doors to the universe of The Black Keys 3 years ago now.
Yep, positive I already told you the story of Toi at Azkena Rock Festival, introducing herlself to the magic man, when he toured supporting his solo album, with Hacienda as his band, including MMJ drummer. I admit several things, first one that I wasn’t at my best nor couldn’t speak properly (it was around midnight at a festival, what do you expect?), and second, I was completely ignorant of the existence of The Black Keys. Thus, our conversation (there was a third person involved in the very same condition as me) was one of the weirdest and most nonsense I’ve ever had, and probably if Auerbach remembered it, he’d suggest to check me in Arkham Asylum asap.
Trying to give myself some credit, I tried to patch such mistake, and started to dig The Black Keys. Nowadays, it’s one of my current favorite bands.
Recovering this Keep It Hid has made me reconfirm once again that Auerbach is the heart and the soul of his brilliant project with Patrick Carney. Not just that, I strongly reckon he’s a genius, who could be compared to Ryan Adams or Jack White.
At this point you might think such statement is made out of my delirious status due to flu and fever, but I really mean it.
I’m not the one to remark or analyze the features of “How to become a music genius”, because I don’t feel like, but I can highlight some examples these three guys, in their different levels and styles, share, simple and easy: unique voice and style, writing talent, and very personal lyrics. These guys admit they’ve been influence by many bands, artists and styles, but their greatness is based on the way they’ve assimilated all this external information, to create their particular vision and portrait.
Keep It Hid manifests that the artist, is one of a kind. Not only the songs sound super retro, thanks to all fuzz, phaser, tremolos…effects and devices used, but also are loaded with heavy amount of groove and sensuality. And lyrics, Auerbach always has something to say.
What I’ve just said, can be summed up in just one song, Heartbroken, In Disrepair. Such effects on the guitar, the simplicity of the super stomping drums, and melodies and the lyrics themselves… the combination just kicks ass! No doubt this one just drove me crazy at the very first listening.
Once you dig, it’s time you focus on other treasures hidden in this album such as The Prowl, My Last Mistake, Street Walkin’… it won’t take you to long to realize you’re completely hooked on this beardy ill looking guy, and will Want Some More…and you’ll feel lucky and grateful, because The Black Keys will be waiting for you 🙂