2012 Grammy Award Winner for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance "Lonely Boy" & Best Rock Song "Lonely Boy"
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the March 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
150 Gram Vinyl, Produced by Danger Mouse, Gatefold Jacket, Bonus CD & 'Giant' Fold-Out Poster!
Features the smash single "Lonely Boy"!
Reviewing The Black Keys' 2010 Top Ten breakthrough album Brothers, Rolling
Stone called the duo "a two-man combo with a big-band mind." That
description seems downright prophetic now. With the hard-rocking El Camino, The
Black Keys' fourth Nonesuch release, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer
Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration
with producer and friend Danger Mouse. El Camino boasts a no-nonsense
brilliance: The pace is fast, the mood is upbeat, the choruses unfailingly
addictive — made for shouting along, preferably in a large, sweaty crowd.
A band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. And The Black Keys
have done pretty well so far, with three 2011 Grammy awards for Brothers under
their belt, an MTV Video Music Award for "Tighten Up," more than 850,000 copies
of Brothers sold in the U.S., and upwards of a million units worldwide, plus
innumerable licensing placements in film, TV, and commercials. El Camino
features one stand-out track after another, such as first single "Lonely Boy,"
"Gold on the Ceiling," and the surprising, acoustic-guitar-driven,
tempo-shifting "Little Black Submarines."
"This record is more straight ahead rock and roll — raw, driving, and back to
basics," says Auerbach. As Carney has put it, The Black Keys "respect the
past while being in the present," and that formula has made them sound like
nothing less than the future of rock and roll. While the largely self-produced
Brothers, recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, had a more soul
and blues-oriented sound, El Camino often recalls the blitzkrieg-paced
British-style rock of the 1960s and '70s, post-Beatles and pre-punk: artists
like T-Rex, The Sweet, and Gary Glitter, along with the heavier swing of such
bands as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
The references are there, but the sound is very much contemporary and utterly
their own, equally informed by The Black Keys' passion for hip hop and R&B and
bolstered by the atmospheric production approach of Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian
Burton), who was behind the boards for 2008's Attack & Release and collaborated
with them on the funky "Tighten Up" for Brothers. As Auerbach notes, "Brian
understands all the different kinds of music we're into. He's got really great
ideas about melody and song structure. For him it's all about the song."
Also rejoining them is consistently innovative mixing engineer Tchad Blake, who
Auerbach calls "a genius with audio, a complete wizard."
El Camino came together quickly in an unfettered burst of creativity by the
hard-charging pair. They recorded the 11 tracks between tour dates for Brothers
at Auerbach's new Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where he and Carney have now
relocated after years of working in their native Akron, Ohio.
In a time of global austerity, The Black Keys work simply and efficiently, with
a minimum of tools and a wealth of ideas, to produce the richest, fattest,
coolest music around. Upon the release of Brothers in 2010, Britain's Uncut
magazine called them "one of the best rock'n'roll bands on the planet,"
and El Camino, confirms that.
"That thing, El Camino, that snapshot of where singer-guitarist Auerbach and
drummer Patrick Carney were, is one of the most masterful, upbeat, and outright
fun records they've ever made... It's as rock'n'roll as the pair have ever been
- a tune like "Sister" qualifies as full-on riff rock. The album's sound,
while still raw and distorted in spots, is in general more dynamic and detailed
than in the past." - Robert Baird, Stereophile, February 2012 issue
• 150 Gram Vinyl
• Produced by Danger Mouse & The Black Keys
• Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering
• Includes Limited Time Bonus CD of the Entire Album!
• Gatefold Jacket
• 'Giant' Fold-Out Poster
1. Lonely Boy
2. Dead And Gone
3. Gold On The Ceiling
4. Little Black Submarines
5. Money Maker
1. Run Right Back
3. Hell Of A Season
4. Stop Stop
5. Nova Baby
6. Mind Eraser