The Black Keys have returned with their first album in five years.
The title, Let’s Rock, sets out their intentions from the get-go, and the album does exactly that.
With eight albums preceding Let’s Rock, The Black Keys have had a long time to experiment, and with this record, it seems that they’ve settled on their style.
This album takes the psychedelic sound of Turn Blue, the scraping guitar riffs of Thickfreakness and the old-school blues of Brothers and combines it all to create a polished, timeless sounding blues-rock record.
One of the stars of the album is the first single released – Lo/Hi. It’s catchy, it’s bluesy, it’s exactly the kind of song that brought The Black Keys to the height of their fame.
Another memorable song is Every Little Thing, which features smooth-as-silk guitar solos and a sinister tinged chorus with the lyrics “every little thing that you do/is always going to come back to you.”
It isn’t without its faults however. It’s not very experimental, but that’s not always a bad thing.
It’s classic rock and roll and it’s exactly what fans have come to expect from The Black Keys.
If you’re looking for something innovative and different, this probably isn’t for you, but if you want basic, no-frills-attached rock and roll, you won’t be disappointed.
Overall, Let’s Rock is a solid record. It’s fun, it’s bluesy – it’s got everything you could want from a Black Keys album.
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