The Black Keys – El Camino

Wondering if you should have added The Black Keys “El Camino” to your xmas wishlist? Wondering if this album stands up to their last, fantastic, album “Brothers”? Wondering if this two man band is the next “it” thing in rock? Well, the answer to all these questions is YES.

Made up of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, The Black Keys saw commercial success with “Brothers”, and now all eyes are on them with “El Camino” their 7th studio album. This time around Danger Mouse (perhaps best known as the other half of Gnarls Barkley) returns as, not only a co-producer, but co-writer. The result of this collaboration is a catchy, heavy, tight rock album. Citing influences like The Clash and The Cramps, this album is infused with a rockabilly sensibility and undeniable toe tapping rhythms.

The current radio single “Lonely Boy” is the first track off the album and has instant appeal. Other album highlights include “Money Maker”, “Run Right Back”, “Sister”, and “Hell of a Season”, which are all conveniently back to back in the play list!

I highly recommend this album, as well as seeing their live show, which is a rockin’ good time. And, as long as I am recommending things, check out the 2009 album “Blackroc.” The latter is a rock rap collaboration that The Black Keys put out featuring the likes of Mos Def, Ludacris, and RZA, to name a few.

My prediction for 2012: Look for The Black Keys on the cover of Rolling Stone.

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