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Chulahoma

The Black KeysAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum (Ryko)
  • ASIN: B000F2C87Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For their latest, Akron, Ohio duo The Black Keys have brought forth an EP of six songs by Junior Kimbrough. This is no mere dalliance; the late elder Mississippi blues musician was a powerful influence on guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. Their three previous albums, full of dusty grooves and simple but impassioned dynamics, would have found strong rapport with Kimbrough, who unfortunately died before they could ever meet. However, his widow, Mildred gives her passionate endorsement for these performances in the form of a short phone message that appears at the end of the disc. Among the highpoints is "Meet Me in the City," which positively shimmers as the plaintive vocal soars over a virato-ed guitar. The Black Keys, besides paying their heartfelt respects, also demonstrate the breadth and durability of Kimbrough's music. --David Greenberger

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Recorded by the band in their own Akron, OH studio The Black Keys epitomize DIY. Chulahoma is a collection of songs that were originally written by the late Junior Kimbrough, reworked and recorded, The Keys capture the very essence of Juniors style better than any other musician today. Roomy and sparse in production the drums/guitar duo fill out every inch of these songs with distorted guitar, drums, and Dan's soulful vocals.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Keys Are Getting Better With Age May 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a great EP and more than worth the money it costs. You need to keep in mind though that this is not your typical Black Keys album. It actually sounds more like their first album The Big Come Up than their last album Rubber Factory. This album has the rawness of their first album and is not as polished as Rubber Factory. To me this is a good thing though. I love rough and raw music. This is also why it is so cool that they are doing Junior Kimbrough songs. Kimbrough is probably one of the rawest blue artists ever and the Black Keys really capture his sound and even take it a step further by using their distorted guitar and raw backbone drumming. If you don't know Junior Kimbrough he is really worth checking out but you need to be aware that some of his songs "wander" a bit, meaning that they aren't clean, concise, and under three minutes. The same is true for the songs on this album. Overall though I think this is one of the best efforts the Black Keys have offered yet.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding piece of work May 12, 2006
By AK
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant release. I have been itching for a new Black Keys release since getting a hold of The Rubber Factory and this EP is every bit as satisfying(if not more so) than a full LP of new original Keys material.

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.

Buy this.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Fantastic BK Album June 25, 2006
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Everything these guys have put out is gold. If your favorite White Stripes song is Ball and Biscuit you'll love the Black Keys. I recommend starting with the Big Come Up and working your way through the albums to this one.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What could have been September 16, 2012
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I've turned so many music loving people on to Delta Blues, Kimbrough, etc. through this cd. I will throw it on at a poker party and wait for the question from that discerning music fan, "who IS this??".

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 ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mood enhancing June 24, 2011
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When you listen to this album you can't help but feel like you are the coolest cat around. Dan nails the mood and passion of Junior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Pay Back January 3, 2007
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I'm very proud of the boys for putting this one out. It's a fitting tribute. Dan's love of Junior is real, and the result is a perfect blending of Junior and the Black Keys. If you ever spent a night at Junior's Juke Joint, in Chulahoma, then you know the meaning of psychadelic soul; and the boys captured that feeling perfectly. The music is primitive, hypnotic and sexual. If you want the same old, worn out 12 bar blues, don't buy this cd. If you want honest, raw and deeply felt blues, buy this cd, and another one by Junior himself. This music comes with the seal of approval from Junior's widow, Mildred. You can't get any higher praise than that. I have strong feelings about this one. I wish more musicians would try to pay back the elders who inspired them. Hat's off to Dan and Pat!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinvigorating November 25, 2006
By robinz
Format:Audio CD
I would consider this relaxing. Not in the ambient, electronic sort of way; this is very much blues. It's a different kind of blues; trance blues, which is Junior Kimborough's (all of these are covers) stamp on the blues. My words can not begin to describe how much this EP means to me. It's study music, it's driving music, it's music to make love to.

Just get it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love It: The reviews are right on the money November 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A nod to the insight of two other reviewers:

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This Junior Kimbrough cover album is superb, Dan & Pat have done a...
This cover album is a must have for any Black Keys aficionado! The works of Junior Kimbrough are really displayed tastefully by the dynamic duo that Dan & Pat are.
Published 19 days ago by sshjaguar
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
The Black Keys have a very unique sound, sort of rough and bluesy and old rock like. They are one of hubby's favorite bands. Eventually I'll buy all of their CD's for him. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tatem
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Keys album. Period.
6 perfect songs. So easy to hit repeat on this album and listen to it again and again. Bluesy. Soulful. Rocking. Awesome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jiffy Pop
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
This album of cover songs by Junior Kimbrough is a hypnotic journey through a swampy wasteland of jealously, lust, and sadness.
Published 2 months ago by J.M.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Keys at their best
What an incredible album this is. There is simply nothing in The Black Keys extensive catalog that compares to this, start to finish. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gruvedaddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great modern take on classic Mississippi blues
i love the Black Keys' take on the classic Junior Kimbrough style of old Mississippi blues. They give the old tunes a nice modernized update while staying true to the source... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet.
As a fan of Delta Blues (and other roots music) I was stoked to find the Black Keys (one of my favorites) had covered these songs so well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brandy Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars This is crazy that sounds good.
What I like, is very good fills my heart with joy. And some subjects leave my head. Hahaha!!!
They are a good alternative for the days you need them.
Published 4 months ago by Pablo Osvaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT get better than this...
Just almost ridiculous, how good this album is! Blues-y, somehow kind of raw...if you're going to cover a blues legend, you had better do it right...and they most certainly do! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Herman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Stuff!
The tunes all sound a little bit the same, but they are all excellent. Mix it up in a playlist and they will all be hits.
Published 8 months ago by TheAdventureBite
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