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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 (12 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00J7UL6V6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Black Keys’ new album, Turn Blue, will be released on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue features 11 new tracks including the first single, ‘Fever’.

Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014.

Carney comments, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record – not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”

This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum. Internationally, El Camino is Gold in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Holland; Platinum in Ireland, France and the U.K.; and double Platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The record also resulted in three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards – Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout, RIAA Platinum album, Brothers.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By philp on 22 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Not sure who this band is, but it's not the Black Keys that were such a refreshing blast when they started out. Some may view it as a progression, but this change of direction and style does nothing for me. I had to grit my teeth and listen to every track in the hope that the band that made Thickfreakness and the Big Come Up were still in there somewhere...but they weren't. A couple of tracks are OK but could have been recorded by any competent amalgam of session musicians. I see no reason to play it again.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David on 16 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
11 musically good tracks with no fillers; but totally ruined by some awful sound engineering. Sure, it will be ok if you listen to a low quality rip through cheap ear buds, but if you listen to the CD direct (or a lossless rip) through good hi-fi equipment you will be assaulted with overwrought, muddy bass and over-bright, ear-splitting trebles with absolutely no mid-range in between. Another CD produced for the lowest common denominator: the ipod generation. The most disappointing and frustrating album I have bought in years. It doesn't have to be like this. I bought the Arctic Monkeys AM at the same time as this and the production values compliment the effort of the Artists to give a truly great listening experience, whatever devices you use to listen
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Quibbler on 19 Sept. 2014
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There are plenty of very knowledgeable music critics who have commented that with their latest album, Turn Blue, The Black Keys have somewhat lost their way; that they have left their gritty blues-rock roots and turned (or evolved) towards a more manufactured sound. This album has been described as ‘grand psychedelia’ and having an ‘epic, languorous style’ and comparisons have been made with Pink Floyd and The Eagles. I think such comments and comparisons are valid. I agree with those who say the album is patchy; that some of the songs are just too over produced and unremarkable to warrant unqualified support. But where this album is good, it is very good indeed. ‘In Time’ and ‘Fever’ are examples but the standout song is the opener ‘Weight of Love’. In my experience, rarely does a song literally stop me in my tracks when I first hear it but this did for me. The opening haunting solo is just captivating.

Even more remarkable is the supporting cinematic video which stars supermodel Lara Stone as the leader of a cult of beautiful women who hang out on a remote beach and in grassy scrubland, live in what appears to be an abandoned house (a lighthouse?) and partake in synchronized group exercises and worship. The video is deliberately ambiguous in what it portrays and I have read many different interpretations. What is not in doubt, and this is very unusual in my view, is that the video actually enhances the song. It is beautifully shot: I love the blue azure skies, the golden brown sunset and the dreamy sequences as the girls look after each other. It transported me away from drudge of modern life of work-eat-sleep for seven minutes at least.

I have been a keen fan of The Black Keys for several years and have seen them rise and rise and I would desperately like to give this album five stars but, as noted above, the album is patchy so with much regret I award it four stars.
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I enjoyed this album. There are some great songs on it, Weight of Love, 10 Lovers, Fever... But it's not amazing. They've carried on from El Camino, continuing with the more upbeat, bigger, poppier sound. I'm not a huge fan of the mixing, I have to say. I think it's been over done, and they've lost the natural tones of some of instruments - it all sounds a bit processed. I think Fever would be a good example of this. But it's not the same for all of the songs. One thing that I like is the 'noodly guitar riffs' that have been dismissed as being a bad thing. I think they're pretty good and work well - I am a guitarist though...

Overall, there are some really cool moments in this album, but there are also some that aren't so great. Not the best album they've done, but it's not too bad. Brothers was a great album, but they've come along way and changed a lot since then. I sort of wish that they would return to that sort of sound...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Whilst it is good to see that the Black Keys sound continues to evolve, on the evidence of "Turn Blue" the overall quality of the music does not hold a candle to previous outings. Let us be clear this is not a bad album, there are songs like the catchy "Fever" which would easily slot on a Black Keys "Best Of" selection. The brilliant opener "Weight of Love" is mightily impressive and at around 3.15 almost sounds like a Dave Gilmour song, demonstrating that Dan Auerbach has more strings to his bow than the garage blues template of earlier albums. The problem however is that the latest musical incarnation of the Black Keys has not quite worked out what type of band it wants to be, as a result many of the other tracks are sub standard. This is exacerbated by a more fatal flaw namely what has happened to the drumming of Patrick Carney? On wonders like "Chulahoma" and "Thickfreakness" he is an anarchic force of nature not afraid to drop the odd note but making up for this with enough passion to power street lamps. Here he is like a million other drummers most awkwardly on the rather over produced "Year in Review", whilst "Its up to you now" sounds like the percussion track from an Adam Ant track. The link with producer Danger Mouse appears to be suffering from over familiarity and needs some mature reflection that perhaps it is time for a parting of the ways with a new set of ears sitting at the mixing desk.

The guitar work around "Bullet in the Brain" again sounds like its out of the Pink Floyd manual but unfortunately the lyrics are more drawn from a school poetry book. Much better is "Gotta Get Away" which does have echoes of the Eagles circa "One of these Nights" and is an infectious track demanding a long highway and the music turned "up to 11" on the volume control.
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