Black Keys – El Camino
This is my first alternative music review called Drive Time music review. Why the name? Well, the best place (for me) to objectively listen to and rate an record is on my 45 minutes drive to work or drive home – hence the name. I’m going to start off with a record that was released early last year – the Black Key’s “El Camino”.
When Bob Dylan decided to go “electric” after years of playing acoustically, people were pissed. So much so that they actually booed him in concert. And the Black Keys remind of this because there are plenty of people complaining that they sold out, and I have to admit in the beginning thought they may be right. But after listening to a few tunes I realized how wrong I was.
There are some difference in this Black Keys – namely more instruments and a bigger sound, such as the backup singers on “Gold on the Ceiling” and ‘Mind Eraser”. And while this mind piss off some music purists, there is songs, such as “Hell of a Season”, that are a revert back to previous records. And for those that know the Black Keys for their hit songs “Tighten Up” and “Howlin for You” will enjoy “Lonely Boy” and “Nova Baby”.
Progress of a band’s music isn’t always a bad thing – music without any progress quickly becomes old and stale. I applaud The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney) for “El Camino” and expanding on a sound that is already pretty darn good.