The Black Keys - Thickfreakness

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Thickfreakness is the second studio album by American garage/blues rock duo The Black Keys, released in April 2003 via Fat Possum 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.

While the vast majority of post-punk bands who have an obvious taste for the blues seem to enjoy taking the style apart and messing around with the bits and pieces, The Black Keys are the (relative) traditionalists within the subgenre. With their two-piece, no-bass format, there's no room for clutter.

The Black Keys waste no time in getting down to business on Thickfreakness. With a thunderous sound, the title track serves as the perfect welcome mat for a stupidly good album. Carney pounds on his drumset like a child throwing a tantrum, as he provides just enough muscle to his otherwise funky backbeat. Auerbach proves himself to be the perfect frontman, equally emitting showmanship and sincerity. Sporting vocal chords that seem just damaged enough by smoke and whiskey to sound authentic, yet not enough to ruin them from the gut power that his voice conveys.

The back to back punch of “Hard Row” and “Set You Free” clinches the strength of the album. Sounding as if they were born in a swirl of sawdust, blood, and broken hearts, the tracks are essential listening. Finally, while Carney proves to be an effective drummer, he may be an even better producer, as the job he does here leaves you wondering about what Muddy Watters or Junior Wells would have sounded like had they been able to record in a modern studio. The sound on Thickfreakness is the perfect combination of crisp and grit, and while Auerbach’s vocals never dominate, there’s little doubt as to the star of this show.

Lyrically, and with titles like “Midnight In Her Eyes”, “No Trust”, “Hurt Like Mine”, and “I Cry Alone”, there’s little doubt as to the content. However, these are not the words of Morrissey wallowing in self pity, these are the words of men who have been down, dragged through broken glass, left to lie with dogs, but who still refuse to back down. The blues have always been about taking all the shit in life, and still being proud enough to sing about them. While The Black Keys will never have to encounter the racism their influences did, they are not averse to singing about standing up to the hardships of life (even if mostly of the romantic kind).

With the release of Thickfreakness, The Black Keys prove themselves to be essential to fans of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and music in general. The best thing they have going for them is that they are not shying away from those that came before them. By not playing coy, or draping themselves in rock star gowns, they prove to be brave enough to tackle a form of music few others are willing to.

Check out the tracks: “Set You Free”; “Hard Row” and “Have Love Will Travel”.

This Limited LP record ressiue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, includes a download of the album and is pressed in the USA.

(045778037117)

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Thickfreakness

3:48

A2

Hard Row

3:15

A3

Set You Free

2:46

A4

Midnight In Her Eyes

4:02

A5

Have Love Will Travel

3:04

B1

Hurt Like Mine

3:27

B2

Everywhere I Go

5:40

B3

No Trust

3:37

B4

If You See Me

2:52

B5

Hold Me In Your Arms

3:19

B6

I Cry Alone

2:47

SKU 045778037117
Record Label Fat Possum Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 80379-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 07 February 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 08 April 2003
Barcode # 045778037117
Shipping Weight 0.3050kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Code, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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