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Released December 6, 2011 on Nonesuch Records, El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The record debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200; its first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached #1 on the Alternative and AAA radio charts and is certified RIAA Gold. The second single, ... Read more in Amazon's The Black Keys Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2 Coop
  • ASIN: B003G5MTFK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Every Lasting Light
2. Next Girl
3. Tighten Up
4. Howlin' for You
5. She's Long Gone
6. Black Mud
7. The Only One
8. Too Afraid to Love
9. Ten Cent Pistol
10. Sinister Kid
11. The Go Getter
12. I'm Not the One
13. Unknown Brother
14. Never Gonna Give You Up
15. These Days

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The sixth album Brothers has been The Black Keys' most successful release yet and this is the special edition with bonus disc. Recorded at Alabama’s legendary Muscle Shoals Sound with additional sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and the Bunker in Brooklyn, the album sees production duties handled by The Black Keys, along with shared duties between the band, Mark Neill, and their old friend Danger Mouse, who lends his skilled hands to a new track. Tchad Blake brings his sonic excellence into the fold to handle mixing duties (Muscle Shoals has produced iconic recordings from The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett, among many others).
The album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

BBC Review

This über-hip alt-blues/rock duo from Ohio has packed a lot into the decade they've spent together. Their songs have cropped up in an impressive array of recent film, video game and TV soundtracks, and apart from several side projects, Brothers is their sixth full-length album.

This time around, Dan Auerbach (guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums, keyboards) have shared most of the production with Mark Neill and, on Tighten Up, their old associate Danger Mouse. The results make it one of the year's more playfully interesting sounding albums, full of intriguing detail and inventiveness.

That's just as well, since these dudes don't often stray far from the lyrical clichés ("There's nothing worse in the world / Than payback from a jealous girl") typical of the various genres they pillage. Even if they do thankfully eschew 12-bar boredom.

Everlasting Light is a winning opener, like a twisted hybrid of T. Rex's Mambo Sun and The Beatles' Come Together, topped with Auerbach's falsetto vocal. The sounds of the 70s also permeate the White Stripes-flavoured hoodoo stomp of Howlin' for You; Carney's thumping cave-man beats are an unholy marriage of the Glitter Band and Butthole Surfers.

Auerbach delights in a dizzying array of fuzzed-out guitar treatments throughout, and although he can be satisfyingly brutal, Carney doesn't over-play his kit and sprinkles in subtle percussive effects. Like the phased (or flanged) drum sound on The Only One, the insistent maracas on Ten Cent Pistol and what sounds suspiciously like sleigh bells on Unknown Brother. It also seems as if some of the flavour of last year's Blakroc project (with hip hoppers Mos Def, various Wu-Tang Clan members et al.) has rubbed off on the rhythms and spooky keys of Too Afraid to Love You.

On a more soulful tip, the respectful cover of the Jerry Butler hit Never Gonna Give You Up sits well amongst the original material, of which Tighten Up is another nod to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where much of the album was recorded.

I'm Not the One features Auerbach's most obvious Jimi Hendrix mannerisms, while the lovely, subdued closer These Days recalls Fleetwood Mac's Albatross, as well as showcasing one of Auerbach's more melodic, crooning vocal personae. Brimful of air guitar moments and other guilty pleasures, Brothers is pleasingly diverse and diverting, with barely a duff track. --Jon Lusk

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lenny on 27 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well this is probably be the most amateur review however when requested to write one i couldnt resist.

This album is my absolute favourite find of the year so far without a shadow of a doubt.

Its varied from song to song, the only true similarity through the album is the quality of the songs...superb!

Everlasting light starts us off in quite a subtle tone, none the less enjoyable and with some delightful vocals, "Let me be your everlasting light" comes out of me regularly in a replica fashion more than a few times a week.

Howling for you is a real high point for me, its leans towards a glam rock style heavey beat, soo catchy, so loud, fast paced (always played at high volume for me) and absolutely wonderful, i defy anyone who doesnt like this record.

I also cant waffle on enough about Ten Cent Pistol, brings to mind cowboy gansters and attractive girls, very cool, beautiful guitar and belongs on a film soundtrack, i could see it fit nicely into a Tarantino, it would definately be in mine, if i were ever to make one...hummm.

Never gonna give you up, beautiful soul style lyrics, grainy yet silky smooth vocals, pure pleasure for the ears telling of true devotion, perfect!

Ending with These Days, so mellow so chilled, for some reason always make me think of the brilliant Albatross by Fleetwood Mac, the most appropriate song for lying in a field in the sun...amongst other enjoyable things!!

In summary a great album, money couldnt be spent more wisely, i advise to make the purchase!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 25 Dec 2011
Format: Vinyl
The album itself is fantastic, on vinyl it's even better. I love this album and the price for it was reasonable, it came relatively quick and undamaged as it should have. If you're a fan of this album, buy the vinyl and if you don't own a vinyl player then get one. You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MonsterMunch on 8 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm late to the Black Keys, and this is the only album of theirs I yet own. I'm in the process of remedying that.
I know from reading other reviews that many regard it as being over-produced, and prefer the older material.
I'll be in a position to judge that soon.
But for now: Brothers.
I can give this album no higher recommendation than to say that it is the first album in perhaps a decade that I have listened to over and over again, in the way (pre children) I once did.
It reminds me of the sound you might achieve if you could blend Neil Young, Spiritualized, Billy Bragg and Al Green.
Where once I'd no doubt have been rocking out at the front of trheir gigs, in my mid-40s I simply find this great, late night music for being alone with a glass of wine, low lights and my thoughts. (Or my wife, who likes the album nearly as much as I do.)
Very, very good indeed.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Hilton Royale on 19 May 2010
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An early contender for album of the year, and for me this is easily the best album
The Keys have made. I have always liked the Keys, some of their songs are fantastic
3 minute riffed-out stompers, but albumwhise they have never been on heavy rotation.
This however, is pure class and gonna stick for a looong time.
The R&B and soul influences are more significant on Brothers than on anything they
have done before, and I see some Black Keys fans think this is too soft compared to
their older stuff (The most entertaining remark being; " there is NO excuse for
falsetto, this is not The Bee Gees"!! HA HA HA!), but I just don't get the criticism.
It's not like they have gone in a completely new direction. "You're the one" from
"Magic Potion" is very similar to the more mellow stuff on "Brothers"
This is a GREAT album and there is no mistaking it for anything else than the Black
Keys. Their sound just got refined, reshuffled and reimagined. Same, but different!

And by the way, falsetto works like a mother!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo27 on 16 May 2010
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The duo's last album "Attack and Release" in 2008 helped Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney make the jump from cult status to mainstream. Opinion was sharply divided on the benefits of Danger Mouse's production, and from the general reaction it seems the band may have lost as many diehard fans as it gained new ones.

Perhaps in response to the outcry, Brian Burton's involvement this time round is limited to just the one track, "Tighten Up", with the rest of the album produced by the Keys themselves. But his influence appears to have lingered, with the band's original raw, rough and underproduced sound seemingly consigned to history.

Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios, you can almost feel the ghosts of those long-gone southern soul greats stalking the sessions. It's a bluesy, swampy, funky and soulful affair that's immediately recognisable as The Black Keys but at the same time suggests a band not content to tread water or simply rest on its laurels. Highlights include "Ten Cent Pistol", the catchy "Next Girl", "Sinister Kid" and "I'm Not the One".

Tasty stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oonagh mcgranaghan on 13 Aug 2013
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great album, but the vinyl is awesome. it's a heavy vinyl so it has a great sense of quality, especially when played - absolutely great sound!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Outsider on 2 Jan 2012
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The Black Keys have added white keys and now sound a complete band. Having been a fan of Magic Potion and Attack and Release for the simple beauty of the riffs, the catchiness of the songs and the invention displayed by this two piece, I like Brothers for its deliberately less White-Stripes approach. Now they sound like a band, not some odd 3 wheeled vehicle, and they are all the better for it. A few detractors may criticize the more adult production, but I see it as inevitable progress. I think Dan is one of the best riff writers ever, and the whole thing smacks of greater professionalism in a positive way. Still simple, bluesy, energetic and committed, this is one great record.
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