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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.


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!