Leave it to The Black Keys to end the year with a bang - a big, old rock n’ roll BANG. “El Camino” is the band’s seventh record chocked full of 11 songs about love, heartbreak, lust, and greed- you know, just the essentials of great rock n’ roll. People are already arguing about whether El Camino should be considered the best album of 2011 or 2012; The LA Times Music Blog, Pop & Hiss, says “both” and we couldn’t agree more.
If you’re not already intimately familiar with the Akron, Ohio duo, something is very, very wrong with you... or you don’t enjoy good music - ‘nuff said. Patrick Carney brings the beat on the drums and Dan Auerback provides the guitars and vocals; that’s right, all that sound comes from just two dudes (with the exception of the occasional backup vocals or accompaniment of course).
Being a San Diego-based company, we here at BuyiJet have had the pleasure of seeing the Black Keys perform live on multiple occasions, the most recent being theCoachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last summer. And let me just tell you, if you thought they brought the funk to their recorded albums, you ain't seen nuthin’ until you’ve seen them live. Watching the sweat pour down these guys’ faces as they assault your ear holes with moody rock music is right up there on my top five musical performances list - without a doubt.
“Lonely Boy” is the first single off “El Camino” and has already been blowing up the request lines at radio stations for weeks. It is currently ranked #3 on the Billboard Top Rock Songs Chart behind Bush and the Foo Fighters. Danger Mouse (a.k.a. the “not Cee-Lo Green half of Gnarls Barkley”), is back to produce the album after the stellar collaborations on their last two albums “Attack an Release” and “Brothers” went so well. The Black Keys were even nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Rock Song in 2011 for “Tighten Up” off the “Brothers” album.
If you already know and love The Black Keys, there is no reason why you won’t love “El Camino”. They have returned with a sound that is still worthy of being compared to the great British rock of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, but with a more modern feel in the production touches. Some critics are saying they’ve taken a departure from their blusey sound, calling it “glam” with the female back-up vocals and handclaps, but we say “so what if it is glam?”, it’s still gritty, fuzzy, and rocking... it’s still music you can shake your butt to, and who doesn’t love that?
“El Camino” is a great gift for the music lover on your holiday gift-giving list. Pair it with iPod and iPhone remote controls and accessories from BuyiJet, and you will have a gift even Santa can’t compete with!