Artist: Black Keys
Album: Attack & Release
File Under: Lo-fi Indie Rock
Recommended if You Like: White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Black Angels
Featured Track: Psychotic Girl
I had all but given up on the Black Keys. I’ve followed them since their debut and loved their bluesy minimalist sound. (I’ve always described them as White Stripes meets Stevie Ray Vaughn.) But each successive album seemed to be just more of the same and less creative. I don’t think I would have bothered to pick up their new album, ‘Attack and Release’, if it weren’t for an interview I saw of the duo on Pitchfork.tv that completely cracked me up.
I’m glad I did because it’s become one of my favorite albums this year…like reconnecting with an old friend. The album is dark and moody for sure, but oh so sexy. Their collaboration with Danger Mouse on this album adds subtle layers of complexity to give it a more ethereal and eerie sound than their prior releases.