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Album Review: "Let's Rock" by The Black Keys

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The Black Keys is an indie rock band based out of the United States. The band is consisted of two people: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. While they have been around since 2001, they didn't come to fame until the 2010s. After five years since their last release, "Let's Rock" marks the ninth studio album for the band. While I thought all the songs were great, a lot of these tracks are unmemorable and felt like it was just something to play in the background.

The first track off the album is Shine A Little Light, and it it started off aggressively. I was honestly surprised and caught a little off guard when I first heard this track. This isn't your typical Black Keys song and it has more of a mainstream rock/classic rock influence. I was a little disappointed by the first track since they didn't use the style that gave them popularity and air time in the 2010s. However, after giving it a few listens, it's probably one of my favorite tracks off the album. The track talks about death and not knowing what happens after we die.

Eagle Birds brings us back to the normal Black Keys sound that we are all familiar with; the distorted guitar, catchy drumbeat, and vocals. This track talks about loneliness and how everyone should experience, or be loved by someone special. They compare this perfect love as eagles, and how they fly together once you find the perfect one.

The next track and one of the singles off the album is Lo/Hi. This song also tackles the topic of loneliness and saying that this person doesn't have anyone to be with. When that person dies, no one will be there for them. This song has a great guitar with some female vocals in the background of the track.

The next track is Walk Across The Water and is actually the second longest track off the album. The track comes in just shy of four minutes. Most of the tracks are around three minutes in length. The verses are very minimal in instrumentation, but highlights the beautiful vocals. The last minute of the song is just them jamming out with an awesome guitar solo. This song is just a normal love song and talks about how perfect their partner is.

The next track, Tell Me Lies, quickly backs off in volume. However, it has a relaxing rhythm going on in the background, and it does slowly build up throughout the track. This song is the exact opposite of the previous track. It's basically saying how this woman, or perhaps the women that they meet, are just spouting out lies to them. Since this guy has been experiencing it for awhile, he knows that these women are lying to him.

Every Little Thing starts off with a quick four note guitar lick, and then has an eerie looping effect. This is definitely one of the heavier and fast paced songs on this album. It seems like this person is making small mistakes, but they are adding up and going to come back to haunt this person. They also mention that life is a long road and you're going to encounter a lot of bumps.

Get Yourself Together brings us back to a lighter and more playful style of a song. This is also the longest track off the album. It seems like this girl that this guy is with wants to make this relationship last. However, the way she is treating this guy in the relationship isn't healthy. If she wants him to stay, she has to try to clean herself up and make some changes.

After that we have Sit Around And Miss You. This person that this guy is thinking about misses her/him a lot, and he can't get them off his mind. This could be about a friend that had when they were a child, or could also relate to a lover that they once had.

The next track is Go and was also a single released for the album. The verses definitely give me a classic rock vibe. The chorus, not so much, but it's still catchy and easy to sing along to. It's a quick song, but still one of my favorites off the album.

Breaking Down slows down the album again. This song tackles the issue of heartache. Basically, when you feel heartbroken or unloved, it can be the worst feeling in the world. If you're around people when you have this feeling, you might feel like you could break down, and it makes matters worse for the people around you.

The next track is Under The Gun. Under the gun is a figure of speech that usually means under pressure, or being in a stressful situation. This could mean they were under pressure to release this album since it's been five years since Turn Blue was released. According to an interview, they were burnt out after the Turn Blue album so they didn't feel like releasing any new music for awhile. After a few years of being quiet, they were probably feeling pressure from their record label and fans to release new music. I'm probably far off from the meaning of this song, but it is a theory.

The last track is Fire Walk With Me. This could be talking about the sun and talking about the brutal heat from it. No matter what you're doing, the fire from the sun keeps burning and the Earth passes by it every day.

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What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks off the album? Let me know down in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Shine A Little Light, Walk Across The Water, Get Yourself Together, Go


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