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This review is from: Turn Blue (Audio CD)
As far as I have been concerned, The Black Keys in the past have always developed in the right direction. 'El Camino' was the perfect combination of blues rock based riffs fused with their newly found funky mainstream vibes. 'Turn Blue' how ever is not quite the same. It is not a bad album, but would be better off if it wasn't held under the band name of The Black Keys. It's not that it is too mainstream, it is just, well, boring. Overproduced, yes. As far as guitars go, they crop up occasionally for a mellow solo, but ultimately are just backing. 'Weight of Love' is an excellent song, perfect for an end of set closer. Problem is the chilled out vibe it has reflects through every song on the album. It is amazing how they managed to rip off one of their own songs on the same album with 'Bullet in the Brain'.
Overall it is just disappointing and kept hoping songs would start slow like 'Yellow Black Submarines' for kicking in a killer riff. But no, songs like 'Turn Blue' are prime examples of this. It does not go anywhere, and the opening guitar riff it has through out is not even good. As for 'Fever; it is one of the albums three good songs, but again it seems like it is only on this album to fit as a single. We have to wait till the last song to hear any echoes of classic Black Keys, with a pleasant 'Gotta Get Away'.
To say this is the longest we have ever had to wait for a BK album, it really does not do any justice. I reiterate it is not bad, but even newly found fans pre 2010 can't argue that this is any more than good.