The Black Keys: Turn Blue

Music: The Black Keys.

The Black Keys Turn Blue

The Black Keys.

On May 13, 2014 the new album of The Black Keys was released. It’s titled Turn Blue. And I’m going to say, without any regrets, that it’s the best album released in the last decade AT LEAST. No, I’m not kidding.

Turn Blue is an album to be listened to from beginning to end and it perfectly flows. Apart from albums that are intended to be listened from beginning to end, such as the epic rock opera Tommy by The Who, how many albums do you know that don’t even have one single, tiny flow? Because since 2004 to today.. I think Turn Blue can be pretty much at the top of the list.

Fever can you hear me?
Fever can you hear me?
You shook me like I have never been
Now show me how to love again

The album contains 11 songs:

1) Weight of Love (a splendid start to the album, at the same time delicate and really aggressive – the guitar here is just so divine that I can’t stop listening to it);

2) In Time;

3) Turn Blue (there must be a reason if the whole album takes its name from this song);

4) Fever (my favorite – there is just everything perfect about this song. The rhythm is even more than just divine);

5) Year in Review;

6) Bullet In The Brain (is good, really good);

7) It’s Up To You Now;

8) Waiting on Words;

9) 10 Lovers (if I really have to talk about favorites, this is another particularly favorite in the album);

10) In Our Prime;

11) Gotta Get Away (a gooooooooood ending.. to Kalamazooooooooo!).

All the songs, different from one another, with sparkling new sounds, all share a constant rhythm that plays with your ears, mind and senses. It’s a perfect and complete indie rock album, twisted with garage and blues rock, a shiny example of what the music of the 2010s sounds like. It will for sure be a representative album of the present times. So go and buy one and listen to it till whatever device you are using to listen to it, actually Turns Blue (it was easier before.. There was just the one and only record player) and then keep it, because our kids will need to listen to this, just like we needed to listen to Pink Floyd.

The Black Keys is an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001 and consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals, bass guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer) and Patrick Carney (drums, percussion). They began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records and their  commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single Tighten Up, won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up, El Camino, received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band’s career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single Lonely Boy won three Grammy Awards. Turn Blue, released in 2014, their eighth album, was their first number-one record in the US and Australia.


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