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What is perhaps most impressive about this collection of songs is that it will undoubtedly bring great blues music to the attention of people that may not have ever heard it otherwise. The Doors were the first band to bring the brilliant song writing of Willie Dixon to my attention and the Keys have done the exact same with the music of Junior Kimbrough.
The production is exactly what it should be- clean, clear and direct. The songs themselves are outstanding. One thing that really strikes me about this EP is just how sincere this recording comes across. These young guys sound every bit as genuine and real as The Rolling Stones did way back when while covering the legendary Blues and R&B standards that inspired them.
I hate to take shortcuts by name dropping bands like The Doors and The Rolling Stones, but if my comparisons get your attention, then my mission is accomplished.
The pop hooks of songs like 10A.M. Automatic may not be here, but everything that is good in music most certainly is.
If they don't play a small venue in or around NYC soon I will cry. For a band that sounds like this to open for Radiohead in MSG for $70 a pop is a joke.
I can only hope and pray the Keys throw us another blues album like Chulahoma. I love people complaining that its all "covers" or that its not played with "12 bars" and go on to say they are a "true blues" fan (whatever that means) not knowing I guess that many of their favorite classic 12 bar blues songs are actually covers of covers, etc.
I guess that's why music is subjective. My advice to anybody that seems to appreciate music of all genres is in keep your mind open and your eyes closed. Otherwise you might end up painting yourself into a corner where only 12 bars sounds right to you ;)
A) Ball and Biscuit is indeed far and away my favorite White Stripes song and I understand why the other reviewer makes that point in relation to the Black Keys.
B) In linking this intense-blues-groover to the Rolling Stones in their heyday, I would specifically point to I Just Want To See His Face, the fragmentary gospel-blues-from-the-jungle groove near the end of Exile On Main Street.
I have just started exploring the Black Keys lately on the recommendation of a friend and up to now, have very much liked but not fallen in love with this band. However, Chulahoma stopped me dead in my tracks and just knocked me out. This is such intense, grooving blues, elastic without being jammy, can't say enough about it. The vocals are mixed evenly with guitar and drums giving the effect of an album of near-insturmentals. This is a good thing.
If you are coming at this record from a rock and roll fan perspective, it will naturally lead you to the deep-blues of Junior Kimbrough. Thank you Black Keys and Thank you Junior Kimbrough.
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Great album but for some reason the songs are skipping. It's definitely not the record player. Pretty disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love this album. A little bit English rock with a big dose of guitar-heavy Blues. Another great album by The Black Keys. In permanent rotation until otherwise.Published 3 months ago by C.H.E.
This is a Black Keys tribute album to the late north Mississippi bluesman Junior Kimbrough.
There's some great guitar playing on this album which makes it a worthwhile... Read more
Truly one of my favorite records, since I started collecting again.Published 3 months ago by JasonB.
Just so great, I've listened to it through probably about 50 times by now. It's definitely in my top five albums of all time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew