THE BLACK KEYS : new track “Tighten Up” revealed…

Currently at number 2 on Hype Machine since being ripped from their myspace yesterday, THE BLACK KEYS have revealed their new single “Tighten Up”… Click below to check it out…

THE BLACK KEYS release their sixth full-length album, entitled “BROTHERS”, on 17th May on V2 / Cooperative Music… Recorded at Alabama’s legendary Muscle Shoals Sound with additional sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and the Bunker in Brooklyn, the album sees production duties handled by The Black Keys, along with shared duties between the band, Mark Neill, and their old friend Danger Mouse, who lends his skills to a new track. Tchad Blake brings his sonic excellence into the fold to handle mixing duties… Muscle Shoals has produced iconic recordings from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and Wilson Pickett, among many others…

Carney admits Brothers is the album they’ve always wanted to make and taps into their creative force as a duo. “Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we’re brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.” The ghosts of Muscle Shoals inhabit Brothers’ 15 tracks. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds… like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.” The album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Its been an remarkable couple of years for THE BLACK KEYS… Their last album, 2008’s “Attack & Release”, was by far their most successful to date, and the year culminated with them playing a sell-out show at Brixton Academy in London… Early 09 saw Black Keys singer/guitarist DAN AUERBACH venture out on his own with a critically-acclaimed solo album, “Keep It Hid”, that covered a variety of musical styles from psychedelia and soul via gospel and bluegrass. Late 2009 saw the Keys spread their wings further with their celebrated BLAKROC project, an exhilarating collaboration between themselves and a star-studded line-up of influential hip-hop artists that included Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, ODB, Pharoahe Monch, NOE, Jim Jones, Nicole Wray and Billy Danze (M.O.P).

Critical acclaim for “Attack & Release”…

“Attack and Release isn’t just the best Black Keys album thus far. Its the best authentic trad-rock album in years.” Observer Music Monthly – 5 Stars *****

“Gorgeous blue eyed soul and garage blues… The Black Keys are on the cusp of greatness… a bone fide classic.” Uncut – 4 Stars ****

“the best album of their career so far… The signature raw blues sound is still there, but now it’s spiced up with classic R&B, garage, country and even electronic flavours too, all rich with melody and driving power”

MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Danger Mouse is partly responsible for another of this week’s strongest releases, his production on The Black Keys’ fifth album adding layers of character and mystery to the duo’s core blues-rock”

The Independent – 4 stars ****

“the fifth and probably greatest album by the duo from Akron… Danger Mouse has allowed them to play to their raw, uninhibited strengths while bringing cohesion to the sound and colour through subtle touches”

The Sun – 5 Stars *****

“Their most impressive set yet… Songs as good as the gently insistent Psychotic Girl and the thumping garage-punk of Remember When make for that rarity – a genuinely unpredictable blues album.”

The Times – 4 Stars ****

“The band’s signature thick, furious riffs and whiskey-soaked vocal remain prominent, but accompanied here by expansive choruses, full of Danger Mouse’s trademark eerie gospel swells.” Time Out – 5 Stars *****

“Their best-ever album… you’ll love it” Sunday Telegraph 4 Stars ****

“The Keys conjure enough heat to scorch a bar at 40 paces… Spooked banjo ballads, smouldering soul and a stray flute add surprise colours: the mighty Mouse has motivated their meatiest, richest album yet”

The Independent (Information) – 4 Stars ****

“Auerbach and Carney have nailed a beauty… tarmac blues majesty” Rock Sound – 8/10

“Ohio’s premier bunk-blues duo return with a bigger, better picture… their rock is a rolling into expansive, spaced out Kings of Leon territory… the widescreen approach suits them down to the ground…” WORD

“the beautiful results, while more Seventies heavy rock than soul, mark Burton out as a producer of subtlety and originality.” The Telegraph – CD Of The Week

“The Black Keys enter a new sonic universe… mesmerising” Guitarist – 4 Stars ****

“The Black Keys are ready to emerge from the shadow of fellow blues-rock duo The White Stripes”

The Observer

“Every colour in the rock rainbow is celebrated and pushed to the limit in this album…” Artrocker


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