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Album review: The Black Keys, “El Camino”
Album review: The Black Keys, “El Camino”

The Black Keys are having way more fun on this record than they did on Brothers. Not that the triple-Grammy-winning album wasn’t an excellent dose of bluesy rock. It’s just that El Camino is straight-up raunchy, rollicking rock ‘n’ roll (alliteration totally necessary).

Dan Auerbach’s guitar playing is absolutely filthy and if Patrick Carney beat his drum kit any harder it would probably collapse. From the first gritty riff of “Lonely Boy” to the appropriately titled “Mind Eraser,” they almost never let up. The lyrics are simple and cut right to the point, like the “Run Right Back” gem, “Finest exterior / She’s so superior.” There’s time for a quick breather in the acoustic opening of “Little Black Submarines,” but even that quiet moment doesn’t last.

The album only lasts 11 short tracks, but each one is a blistering, full force effort. It’s the kind of music that makes the soundtrack to a whiskey-soaked adventure, and leaves you wanting a cigarette.

If you haven’t seen it already, it’s about time you watched the fabulously low budget video for “Lonely Boy.”