THE BLACK KEYS: EL CAMINO
A little housekeeping here.
If there are only two men on the album cover, can we really call it a band?
Wouldn't they be a duo?
And if the name of the album is El Camino (and it is), shouldn't there be an El Camino on the cover rather than a minivan?
Rolling Stone once called the duo a two-man combo with a big-band mind, a description that illustrates the hard-rocking El Camino perfectly.
On their fourth effort for the Nonesuch label, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration with producer and friend Danger Mouse.
El Camino is fast-paced, with an upbeat mood and addictive choruses that are perfect for shouting along in a large, sweaty festival crowd.
This record is more straight ahead rock and roll raw, driving, and back to basics. The Black Keys respect the past while being in the present, and that formula often recalls the blitzkrieg-paced British-style rock of the 1960s and 70s, although the sound is very much contemporary and utterly their own.
A band already at the top of its game has gotten even better, with a more polished and accessible sound with only a hint of artistic surrender.
El Camino features one stand-out track after another, and you'll have a blast listening to this album.