The Black Keys - El Camino

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record + CD Album Copy

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El Camino is the seventh studio album by American garage/blues rock duo The Black Keys, released in December 2011 via Nonesuch Records.

The Black Keys formed in 2001 consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences.

You can take the band out of the garage, but you can’t take the garage out of the band. That’s the message behind the Black Keys’ awesomely down-and-dirty El Camino where they’ve they’ve teamed up with longtime producer Danger Mouse to do what they do best: make a small-room racket that sounds massive enough for a bigger-is-better world.

Apart from “Little Black Submarines”, an acoustic number that crashes into Zeppelin heaviosity as it reaches its coda, every one of the 11 songs here clocks in under four minutes, adding up to a lean 38-minute rock & roll rush, an album that’s the polar opposite of the Black Keys’ previous collaboration with Danger Mouse, the hazy 2008 platter “Attack & Release”. That purposely drifted into detours, whereas El Camino never takes its eye off the main road: it barrels down the highway, a modern motor in its vintage body. (Perhaps appropriately El Camino is Spanish for the road.)

Danger Mouse adds glam flair that doesn’t distract from the songs, all so sturdily built they easily accommodate the shellacked layers of cheap organs, fuzz guitars, talk boxes, backing girls, tambourines, foot stomps, and handclaps. Each element harks back to something from the past - there are Motown beats and glam rock guitars - but everything is fractured through a modern prism: the rhythms have swing, but they’re tight enough to illustrate the duo’s allegiance to hip-hop; the gleaming surfaces are postmodern collages, hinting at collective aural memories.

All this blurring of eras is in the service of having a hell of a good time. More than any other Black Keys album, El Camino is an outright party, playing like a collection of 11 lost 45 singles, each one having a bigger beat or dirtier hook than the previous side. What’s being said doesn’t matter as much as how it’s said: El Camino is all trash and flash and it’s highly addictive.

Check out the tracks: “Lonely Boy”; “Gold On The Ceiling”; “Dead And Gone”; “Run Right Back” and “Little Black Submarines”.

This LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with fold-out poster, includes a CD of the album and is pressed in the USA.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Lonely Boy

3:13

A2

Dead And Gone

3:41

A3

Gold On The Ceiling

3:44

A4

Little Black Submarines

4:11

A5

Money Maker

2:57

B1

Run Right Back

3:17

B2

Sister

3:25

B3

Hell Of A Season

3:45

B4

Stop Stop

3:30

B5

Nova Baby

3:27

B6

Mind Eraser

3:15

 

Compact Disc

 

 

Title

Time

CD-1

Lonely Boy

3:13

CD-2

Dead And Gone

3:41

CD-3

Gold On The Ceiling

3:44

CD-4

Little Black Submarines

4:11

CD-5

Money Maker

2:57

CD-6

Run Right Back

3:17

CD-7

Sister

3:25

CD-8

Hell Of A Season

3:45

CD-9

Stop Stop

3:30

CD-10

Nova Baby

3:27

CD-11

Mind Eraser

3:15

SKU 075597963335
Record Label Nonesuch Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 529099-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 06 December 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 06 December 2011
Barcode # 075597963335
Shipping Weight 0.5000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, CD Album Copy, Giant Fold-Out Poster
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP+CD

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