The Black Keys have been around since 2001, but recently hit fame with the release of ‘Lonely Boy’. The music clip, which featured an average man dancing and lip-syncing to the track, ensured popularity and boosted success.
This effort was followed with ‘Gold on the Ceiling’, an enjoyable song that didn’t quite reach the heights of ‘Lonely Boy’ but demonstrated a different edge. Now seen as having established themselves as an alternative rock band, The Black Keys are set to release ‘Little Black Submarines’.
On the first listen it is clear to see where the influences lie; the slow beginning sounds similar to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and the more upbeat follow-up appears to have a ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ feel. A great aspect of this track is how ‘live’ it comes across, as though you are watching a band in a garage with the roots of rock at the core. The guitar strumming in the intro is very raw, adding to the pondering lyrics which focus on the message ‘a broken heart is blind’. Heavy instrumental blocks break up the singing well, no doubt an attempt to recreate the 70’s and appeal to an older generation while regenerating the vibe for youth.
Review by Chris Sutton