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on 2 March 2009
On a break from his regular gig - as half of the Black Keys - Dan Auerbach has made a real gem of a record. Deliberately low-fi it may be, sounding like it was recorded in your neighbour's garage, it swings and sways delightfully: it sounds wonderful.
"Keep It Hid" is a storming mix of southern gothic soul channelled through Tom Waits side-by-side with some fragilely whispered songs that have more than a whiff of Fleet Foxes or the more angelic leanings of My Morning Jacket about them. So there you have it: fuzzed up guitars and drums that sound as if they are being played standing up (listen to the prowling, stomping beat of "I Want Some More" to see what I mean), delicious soul-flecked sing-alongs ("Real Desire") and a band that seems to have absorbed the Stax vibe, more than a hint of Creedence and the Allmans and the heft of the Band in full tilt. Auerbach leavens all this rock'n'soul with some gorgeous ballads ("When The Night Comes") that shows off his gentler side. Of course, he follows this with a full on Mean Monsoon that sounds like the soundtrack to an impending hurricane, all bruised skies, rain pounding on tin roofs and a band that just won't quit.
It won't change the world, it won't provide any answers to any of the big questions - other than "Yes, I would like to dance" - but it will leave you in a great mood and it will raise your spirits as only dirty down-low rock and roll can.
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VINE VOICEon 5 April 2009
Low down, guitar-led swamp rock, with vocals that match old Tom for sheer gruffness at times.
Polished, over-produced and sleek - no
Lo-fi, rhythmic, melodic, heart of rock'n' roll/boogie/R'n'B - yes!
'I want more'.... !
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on 15 May 2009
Brilliantly crafted album by one half of the Black Keys. A must for fans of blues and rock. Saw him live at the Islington Academy with his band the fast five band and what a show! Buy it, turn it up loud and enjoy.
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on 31 March 2014
This is a strong album, almost great, but let down by a couple of average tracks. However the songs that are great, deliver nice 70s sounding guitar riffs, strong vocals & a garage / live feel to the album. Definitely worth a purchase if you are a fan of the Black Keys or like older 70s sounding garage bands.
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on 3 September 2009
When buying a solo CD of a 2 man group its always a wonder if you will notice the difference. It is not the case here. After a few listens you realise that the softness and rawness that Dan Auerbach can produce does not always require the spitfire drums of Patrick Carney. That it can excel on its own. As other reviewers have stated; "Don't keep it hid", heed their advice.
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on 14 February 2012
This is a cracking album from Dan Auerbach (frontman of the Black Keys) and is his first solo outing. The Black keys are still a brilliant band and their most recent album El Camino raised their game even further, however for those fans of the very first Black Keys albums that were much more low-key swamp blues than the pop-tinged rock blues they have most recently produced, then this album from Dan is definitely for you. A classy Blues album, that digs back to his original roots. Definitely worth a listen.
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on 4 March 2012
Absolutely diamond album! If you like the black keys you'll definitely love this solo album by Dan Auerbach. I'd recommend it.
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on 13 May 2010
First heard a track off this album after getting Free Mojo cd, A compilation by Kings of Leon. They say this album influenced their music. That was good enough for me, bought it played it, liked it still playing it!. Have to say its a grower and a little different to Black keys work. In fact I think I prefer this solo effort!.
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on 26 February 2016
Arrived quickly and a great mixed album. Complements his recent release with the Arcs but perhaps a little less psychedelic. Prolific quality song writing at the moment. Great array of influences, eras and styles. Especially like whispered words and wouldn't be surprised to hear 'goin' home' closing a film sometime in the future
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Every bit as solid an effort as some of the best of The Black Keys output. I initially held off even listening to this one, assuming some sparce set of demos or cast off's. Not so, this is a quality album and an absolute link to where he would go with Brothers under The Black Keys banner. Essential to the Black Keys fan.
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