Bigger and better on every successive album, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s follow-up to 2011’s mainstream-piercing ‘El Camino’ (review) is unsurprisingly monstrous.
Pushing creative boundaries for their eighth release, the Black Keys duo (with producer Danger Mouse) fuse layers of tenacious funk with serrated Neil Young-like guitars and hypnotic allusions of psych.
The title track’s sultry heat, mixed with the menacing Bo Diddley bombast of ‘It’s Up To You Now’ are dizzyingly seductive, while the cosmic ‘Bullet In The Brain’ and the distinctly naked ‘Waiting On Words’, with Auerbach’s devious falsetto, are trippily absorbing.
Rounding off with the Lynyrd Skynyrd-like romp ‘Gotta Get Away’ – with cowbells and everything – ‘Turn Blue’ is pure searing sexiness, hotter than a Nashville afternoon. Their best yet.
Words: Simon Harper
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