Friday, November 11, 2011

Now We're Talking

I'll be the first to admit that "Lonely Boy", the recently released Black Keys song, was not my cup of tea. It literally, for no rhyme or reason, didn't do it for me in any way. This B-side, on the other hand, is a whole other story.

Throwing back to old school heavy Keys while keeping the modern blues they've mastered, the rapid, buzzing rock n' roll that scorches through speakers on their newest track "Run Right Back" is addictive. The whining guitar loop that opens the song and weaves through the chorus of the track is the most riveting car chase-ready anthem out of these boys in awhile - and seemingly the perfect quick kick to rev up their highly anticipated El Camino album.

One of the best kinds of music is that where you can only picture how unbelievable the recording session must have been. In the case of this track, I can see Pat Carney's gangly arms thumping hard on the percussion, sweat forming on his brow. And then there's Auerbach, his mouth hanging off a Neumann microphone as his sexy coined growl slithers in and out of vibrato and effortlessly high-pitched cool. Keeping with the band's ever-popular lyrical theme of a desperate lovestruck obsession with some femme fatale character, this smackdown rock track tells the story seamlessly, again.

Dive right in and enjoy - it will leave you, like me, begging for the next chapter of the story.

Run Right Back - The Black Keys

Look for the Lonely boy "12 on November 25th, and the full-length El Camino on December 6th.

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