Brothers

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Retreating from the hazy Danger Mouse-fueled pot dream of Attack & Release, the Black Keys headed down to the legendary Muscle Shoals, recording their third album on their own and dubbing it Brothers. The studio, not to mention the artwork patterned after such disregarded Chess psychedelic-era relics as This Is Howlin' Wolf's New Album, are good indications that the tough blues band of the Black Keys earliest records is back, but the group hasn't forgotten what they've learned in their inwardly psychedelic mid-period. Brothers still can get mighty trippy -- the swirling chintzy organ that circles "The Only One," the Baroque harpsichord flair of "Too Afraid ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Retreating from the hazy Danger Mouse-fueled pot dream of Attack & Release, the Black Keys headed down to the legendary Muscle Shoals, recording their third album on their own and dubbing it Brothers. The studio, not to mention the artwork patterned after such disregarded Chess psychedelic-era relics as This Is Howlin' Wolf's New Album, are good indications that the tough blues band of the Black Keys earliest records is back, but the group hasn't forgotten what they've learned in their inwardly psychedelic mid-period. Brothers still can get mighty trippy -- the swirling chintzy organ that circles "The Only One," the Baroque harpsichord flair of "Too Afraid to Love You" -- but the album is built with blood and dirt, so its wilder moments remain gritty without being earthbound. Sonically, that scuffed-up spaciness -- the open air created by the fuzz guitars and phasing, analog keyboards, and cavernous drums -- is considerably appealing, but the Black Keys' ace in the hole remains the exceptional songwriting that Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are so good at. They twist a Gary Glitter stomp into swamp fuzz blues, steal a title from Archie Bell & the Drells but never reference that classic Tighten Up groove, and approximate a slow '60s soul crawl on "Unknown Brother" before following it up with a version of Jerry Butler's "Never Gonna Give You Up," and it's nearly impossible to tell which is the cover. And that's the great thing about the Black Keys in general and Brothers in particular: the past and present intermingle so thoroughly that they blur, yet there's no affect, just three hundred pounds of joy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597981438
  • Catalog Number: 520266
  • Sales rank: 5,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everlasting Light (3:23)
  2. 2 Next Girl (3:18)
  3. 3 Tighten Up (3:31)
  4. 4 Howlin' For You (3:11)
  5. 5 She's Long Gone (3:05)
  6. 6 Black Mud (2:09)
  7. 7 The Only One (5:00)
  8. 8 Too Afraid to Love You (3:24)
  9. 9 Ten Cent Pistol (4:29)
  10. 10 Sinister Kid (3:44)
  11. 11 The Go Getter (3:36)
  12. 12 I'm Not the One (3:49)
  13. 13 Unknown Brother (3:59)
  14. 14 Never Gonna Give You Up (3:38)
  15. 15 These Days (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Keys Primary Artist
Nicole Wray Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Butler Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Mark Neill Producer, Engineer
The Black Keys Composer, Producer
Danger Mouse Producer
Dan Auerbach Engineer
Brian Lucey Mastering
Kennie Takahashi Engineer
Michael Carney Artwork, Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Brothers from Another Band

    That's the last time I'm buying an album based soley on a review and a few 30 second samplings. As a huge fan of the Black Keys of the thickfreakness fame, I've come to revere them on any album for their garage-rock blues style and soulful, powerful delivery. It seems though that with their past two albums, the Black Keys have not only turned to new tricks and sounds, they've turned into a whole new band--Gnarles Barkley. That is who I equate them to everytime I listen to Brothers or Attack and Release. Not in a bad way, it's just that they are retro rock blues revivalists in my mind. So for them to add so much piano tinkling and indie poppiness and boistrous drumming, they become different. The difference though between Brothers and Attack and Release is that the latter is instrinsically better. Brothers is wrought with falsetto, dingy-sounding keys, drum beats that sound computer-generated, bad lyrics (Next Girl flows so horribly, how did singer Dan Auerbach not notice?) and poppy-in-a-bad-way melodies. The Only One is grating and sugary. Never Gonna Give You Up should be on a rejected R&B star's album. 10 Cent Pistol is wildly disappointing because simply with that title they could have created a better melody and delivery. However, the one thing it does have that it's predecessor Attack and Release did not is Howlin for You, She's Long Gone and Sinister Kid--three fantastic songs, so great that I wonder how they missed the boat on the rest of the album. Howlin' For You encompasses everything the Keys are and everything I wanted this album to be--blues, energy, rawness, musical genius. She's Long Gone is now one of my top two or three favorite Keys songs, you'll just have to hear it (it's got sex and swagger, what else do you want?). And Sinister Kid is clever writing and catchy, without all the bad-taste-in-the-mouth crap of the other songs. As much as I liked Attack and Release, it doesn't have any songs like these, though the writing and musical construction are overall better. I wouldn't recommend Brothers, but I highly recommend those three songs and even The Go Getter and Black Mud. However, if you're looking for an album with a more robust package to offer, pick up Attack and Release.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Dan and Pat Have Done It Again

    Every time I get a new Black Keys album, I feel a mix of excitement and dread before I play it. I always think "maybe this is the album that they finally disappoint on," but thankfully, that has yet to happen. The first track, Everlasting Light, starts the album off with a bang. Dan is singing in falsetto, which I've never heard, and the beat Pat lays down is pretty wicked. It definitely gets your head bobbing and sets up the rest of the record very well. I actually listened to it two more times before continuing on with the rest of the album. Howlin' for you is another stomper in the same mold as Everlasting Light. There's also a nice 2 minute song called Black Mud where Dan and Pat just jam. There's also a few really good slow songs, like Never Gonna Give You Up, which reminded me of the song You're The One off of Magic Potion. The album also has that same kind of ethereal sound that was on Dan's solo album, Keep It Hid, and there are not as many riff heavy songs as usual. Basically, it's as awesome as every other Black Keys album, and if you don't buy it, then you should punch yourself in the face.

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