From the opening blast of the title song I was hooked. I heard this and the band’s debut back to back. And for the first year or so after I listened to both Black Keys albums back to back – in fact both of them could fit side-by-side on a CD-R; one big playlist that was still done in around an hour. Relentless blues-rock riffing that got compared with the other duo stuff of the day but was so much better. Just as The Black Keys looked like they were treading water (album number four) they shifted gears, changed tacts, mixed it up. And since then it’s been progression and depth with every album. I like a lot of the more recent stuff – nice surprises with every release – but I still go back to this one. I guess that’s (largely) because it’s the only album by the band that I have on vinyl. Might have to get a couple of the more recent ones. But this certainly is the best of the first few records from The Black Keys. To my ears anyway. And I still really dig that deep pocket.
Sample Track: Set You Free
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