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ALBUM OF WEEK 7 – KEEP IT HID

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 🙂

ALBUM OF WEEK 48 – EL CAMINO

El Camino is finally here! The official release date was December the 7th, but one week before it leaked. I got this album preordered for a month and a half, but once I heard it was available on the net, I HAD to listen to it.

And that’s what I did last week, I listened to it any time I could.

This time the guys from Akron deliver a more rockin’ album, very groovie, which easily can make you feel like dancing. Full of chorus, more distortion, and faster rhythms make a difference comparing to their previous work, Brothers.

There are already voices against it, supporting the idea that the spark and freshness are gone, being more inclined towards commercial interests, and focused on capturing most audience. Based only on the single released and opening song, Lonely Boy, this could be perfectly right, however in the times we’re currently living, and considering this band should be labeled as rock, very garage and soul influenced, if looking for massive sales, this is total nonsense. We’re not in the early 90’s anymore, when bands such as Guns n’ Roses, Pearl Jam or Metallica, were occupying top positions in charts. Will they get Grammy’s? No doubt about it.

It’s inevitable to establish comparisons with their previous work. I haven’t stopped to think which album I like most, but sure there’s a remarkable difference. You know I love Brothers a lot, guess it was like much darker, but this El Camino has super hits which won’t leave you indifferent: the already mentioned Lonely Boy, Run Right Back, Dead and Gone, and Gold on the Ceiling are sure to be the kings of the rock clubs this season.

2011 best album charts are starting to be in every music lover’s mind, and I’m really curious to see the results, already reckoning El Camino will be top 5 for many. I wanted it now I got it, and if you trust me, I can tell you I haven’t been disappointed at all.

ALBUM OF WEEK 27 – BROTHERS

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!