(and why I know they will be rock legends forever)
1. The Look (Or Lack Thereof)
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney don’t mess around. They aren’t caught up in projecting an image to the masses, and in doing that, they’ve created their own unique look. I give them props for rocking the beard and glasses.
Just like their look, their sound is not fake, or trying to sell anything. They sound timeless. When I first heard their bluesy riffs, I couldn’t believe they came from that year (2007). Since 2002, they’ve been putting out original blues rock music with deep roots.
Me? Listen to hip-hop? Never. Not before Blakroc, at least! Blakroc is the supreme fusion of rock and hip-hop, delivered by The Black Keys and celebrated hip-hop artists like Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Pharoahe Monch. Blakroc retains great melodies that can only come from The Black Keys, but steps them up to being more badass. I was so shocked when I heard “What You Do to Me,” with stunning vocals featuring Nicole Wray – I know you will be too if you haven’t heard it yet!
The Big Come Up, Thickfreakness, Rubber Factory, Magic Potion, Attack & Release, Blakroc, Brothers, El Camino…all released in the past decade without losing their originality and momentum, and all met with positive reviews.
5. Less Is More
I’m finding this to be true for a lot of things. This guitar and drum-driven duo are strong and uncluttered à la The White Stripes. Need I say more?
With El Camino available now, I have yet another reason to gush about this awesome band!