Since the Black Keys earned notoriety, they haven’t really done anything wrong. They haven’t waited too long to release an album. They haven’t gone too experimental on a record. They haven’t mailed anything in. They’ve put out great album after great album and cool video after cool video. They’ve released a ton of great singles too. It’s like a miniature version of U2; instead of getting and staying on top for 30 years, The Black Keys have done it for like 8-10. What I’m saying is their run has been impressive. Their new album is their ninth, they didn’t get big until their sixth, and it’s called simply Let’s Rock. It doesn’t try too hard to be appealing, it just is. It’s just an album filled with good music.
Patrick Carney gets more attention that Dan Auerbach does from The Black Keys just because he’s very vocal with his opinion and he’ll talk trash about seemingly anybody. That’s fine, it’s endearing. That said, Dan Auerbach doesn’t get nearly enough attention for how good he is as a songwriter, as a vocalist, as a lyricist, and as a producer. The guy is freaking incredible. On songs like “Go”, “Get Yourself Together” & “Lo/Hi” – it’s easy to appreciate he is at crafting classic melodies and guitar lines. And as much as Carney is kind of an ass, he’s allowed to be because he’s so damn good at what he does. He’s not a heavy metal drummer, he’s not ferociously pounding on anything except his own ego most of the time, but his drums have a style to them. They have their own distinct vibe to them. If you isolated just the drums on any Black Keys album, a large percentage of people would be able to tell that they were Black Keys songs. Every band doesn’t have drums like that, and every band doesn’t have a drummer like that.
This album has some great moments on it. “Breaking Down” is great. The singles are all great. All together it feels and sounds like a complete listen too. This is a record that’s worth your time, just like the Black Keys’ last four releases.