March 19, 2008

The Black Keys - Attack & Release (2008)

I love seeing the Black Keys live. Dan Auerbach plays the hell out of the guitar and Patrick Carney always seems like he's on the verge of destroying his drum kit. However, this album highlights their laid back side. "All You Ever Wanted" starts if off by sucking you in with its loping rhythm. The mellow songs, like "Things Ain't LIke They Used To Be", stand out in part because the production adds new textures to their sound. Songs like "Remember When (Side B)" and "I Got Mine" bring back the destructive guitar riffs, but they're used in moderation.