the black keys just keep getting better. i rarely say that about any musician/musical group; many begin with a phenomenal debut release and then disappoint with each subsequent record. but the black keys are just so good. brothers is their strongest effort to date, and that’s saying a lot given some of the excellent recordings they’ve produced since their debut in 2001. so strong, in fact, that it’s hard to imagine them topping it.
the song below is possibly my favorite this year. ok, that might be a slight exaggeration. but it’s definitely one of my favorite songs of the moment. everything about this song is just perfect: auerbach’s falsetto layered under fuzzy distortion, the gospel-influenced lyrics playfully offsetting the singer’s plain desire, both juxtaposed against the insistent throbbing, pulsating rhythm of the bass that builds to a distorted crescendo by the song’s end.
a perfect song that opens a nearly perfect album.
love is the coal that makes this train roll…