A small article from Nonesuch quotes the band talking about their collaboration with Danger Mouse, “Now, at 27, we maybe just realized we had stopped being broke, and stopped being dip-shits, and we could learn from other people who make records … I’m more pleased with the sound of this record than any we’ve ever made … Rather than mask things in, like, a low-fi fog, we can make things sound big and fucked up at the same time.”
I’ve been waiting impatiently for this album, and so far I like it. It is big. It is good. But the new direction, using input from people not named Dan and Pat necessarily makes it different. This album comes from someplace outside of their growly souls. It feels like driving music, beatin’ it down the highway. The other albums feel like … well, see my review from yesterday.
I also like the way this AP article phrased it: “Fans of the Black Keys expecting another trip to a juke joint with their latest release are instead headed to a Memphis R&B lounge.”
Get your tickets for their U.S. tour quick; those suckers are sellin’ out.
April 4 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – SOLD OUT
April 5 – The Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA – SOLD OUT
April 6 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC – SOLD OUT
April 9 – Ogden Theater – Denver, CO – SOLD OUT
April 10 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE – SOLD OUT
April 11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – SOLD OUT
April 12 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
April 13 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
April 15 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
May 12 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 13 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 15 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
May 16 – Show moved to the Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
May 17 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
Their tourmate is Jay Reatard, who makes great clean-the-house music (that’s a compliment). Kids everywhere would love his high-energy Brit punk if only they weren’t Adderalled into oblivion. Download three tunes from Jay, check his blog for videos, and buy his disc.