Monday, December 13, 2010
When writing about Black Keys, its usually mandatory to mention whether or not they’re switching up styles, expanding their range and whether or not they’re working with Dangermouse this time around. Such emphasis is placed on sound and style these days, ideas over execution.
However I’ve always had the opinion that when approaching a new project, artists have two (not mutually exclusive) options. You can either change your sound a bit, or do what you’re already doing, but do it better. Brothers is the product of taking option number two. Its clear from the opening stomp of Everlasting Light, Brothers is the work of a band at the peak of their abilities.
While I’ve always enjoyed the Black Keys, their albums have been non-starters for me. I usually get bored about halfway through. However, Brothers is a highly diverse, fresh and interesting album despite not departing from their sound, a testament to both loosening up and having fun, despite the frequently depressing subject matter. The album knocks, like few other modern rock ones do these days. And as was said by the Weiss, “A vote for the Black Keys is a vote against the Kings of Leon”.
The Black Keys - Everlasting Light