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Some years ago now, a mate of mine put on an album I'd never heard of called Thickfreakness. By the time I'd heard the intro, I realised I was listening to the best band I'd ever heard. I bought that album, the earlier Big Come Up and then Rubber Factory when it came out. I was transfixed. Magic Potion was stodgy and Attack and Release is a Dangermouse album featuring Dan and Pat amongst others.
I had hoped that without Dangermouse, this would be a return to the raw Black Keys sound. I remember watching the Keys the year Rubber Factory came out and wondering what would give out first, Pat or his drums. His drumming was like a contact sport. The first three albums, you can just about feel you were in the studio with them and feel the pleasure in them playing together. Well, like all bands, they get bigger, they take singing lessons, they sound worse. Dan's voice on those first albums is unrecognisably better than it is now. Raw, emotional, exciting. Would Joe Strummer (or Robert Johnson) have benefitted from having the rough edges knocked off their singing? No way and nor does Dan. There is NO excuse for falsetto, this is not the Bee Gees.
The one thing I can't believe is that the Keys have gone dull. It reinforces my belief that virtually all bands have a maximum of three albums before they run out of ideas.
I can really apreciate why, if you weren't there from the start, this sounds like a half decent album. But if you had had that moment of hearing the growling intro to Thickfreakness in the early hours, this can only sound insipid.
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Initial post: 18 Nov 2010 13:55:09 GMT
Couldn't agree more. Like they tried to release an album of singles.
Posted on 10 Dec 2010 18:24:35 GMT
The Bee Gees line was hilarious,or le tossers as they used to be called.
Posted on 3 Apr 2011 19:24:34 BDT
Mr. P. N. Evans says:
I don't understand the Dangermouse comments at all...?
Posted on 26 Jul 2011 15:10:44 BDT
C PARKER says:
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however I feel your comments are narrow minded.
Every band that are good enough have the ability to evolve, by no way is rubber factory as raw as the big come up, the production is better on rubber factory but are you going to complain because it does not sound like it was recorded in their garage? If this was another big come up you would probably be bored of them by now and complain that all of their albums sound the same. The quality of production in this album is by far the best out of all of their albums and still remains soulful and simple like all of their other albums.
I don't believe they are going the direction of some bands (kings of leon - "dancing in africa with african kids"), they have over commercialised themselves.
The Black Keys remain down to earth but are more confident in them selves and their abilities and are now trying different stuff which I think is working.
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