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Black Keys

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RS: 3of 5 Stars

2005

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Ohio's Black Keys specialize in a sort of garage blues -- abbreviated gasps of vocal hurt, feedback-y guitar and unhinged snares that all sound like they were recorded in a rotting woodshed with a mike dangling from the rafters. Their second album (and the first for the mojo-scavenging Fat Possum imprint) is woozy and sometimes warm, the type of emotions you'd expect from a frontman, Dan Auerbach, who modulates his cynicism with folksiness, as on "Midnight": "Your manic way got the best of you/But your heart is gonna see you through." The best songs, "Hard Row" and "Set You Free," simmer from front to back, never reaching a full flame, but scalding nonetheless.

JON CARAMANICA
(From RS 920, April 17, 2003)



(Posted: Mar 25, 2003)

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  • Thickfreakness
  • Hard Row (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • Set You Free
  • Midnight In Her Eyes (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • Have Love Will Travel (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • Hurt Like Mine (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • Everywhere I Go (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • No Trust (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • If You See Me (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • Hold Me In Your Arms (track not available in Rhapsody)
  • I Cry Alone (track not available in Rhapsody)

 

 

 


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