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El Camino

The Black KeysVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (570 customer reviews)

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Released December 6, 2011 on Nonesuch Records, El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The record debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200; its first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached #1 on the Alternative and AAA radio charts and is certified RIAA Gold. The second single, ... Read more in Amazon's The Black Keys Store

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  • Vinyl (December 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (570 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lonely Boy (3:13)
2. Dead and Gone (3:41)
3. Gold on the Ceiling (3:44)
4. Little Black Submarines (4:11)
5. Money Maker (2:57)
6. Run Right Back (3:17)
7. Sister (3:25)
8. Hell of a Season (3:45)
9. Stop Stop (3:30)
10. Nova Baby (3:27)

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One 140 gram LP, CD (in color baby ivy jacket), Color poster, Old-style gatefold 2-pocket jacket, Polylined sleeves

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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crossroads for the keys December 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Their are quickly turning into two types of keys fans,Pre and post danger mouse fans, are you a thickfreakness/rubberfactory or attack and release/brothers fan. This new album El camino cements danger mouses influence with high production and backup singers etc. This is not in any way a bad record,it has great energy,power and the keys have never sounded tighter as far as playing and vocals.

You just have to ask yourself, how light do you want your black keys ?

If you came in with the danger mouse records you'll have no problems,if your a fan of the original sound of the black keys i suggest you do some pre listening before you buy this album. Once again I state this is in no way a bad album,its fantastic,but how you like your keys is gonna determine how much you dig this record.
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98 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old sound, New sound, meh. December 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I must be a freak of nature because I've been following the Keys for years and I've enjoyed every album without exception. People who call themselves purists and are missing the "old" sound are just confused about what makes these guys so great. Ever developing and stretching what's possible. Each album is it's own life, don't judge one album by another. That's like a parent judging one kid by another; just wrong. If you want a bunch of "thickfreakness" or "rubber factory" then you shouldn't have ever bought another keys album after those ones. Plain and simple. This album is as solid as any other, take it for what it is; not for what it isn't.
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131 of 168 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sure to be a hit, just not for me. December 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just to preface, I've been a big supporter of The Black Keys for nearly 10 years. I religiously buy all their albums and have seen them play on every tour since 'Thickfreakness'. My favorites are their older albums but, with that said, I know every artist has to grow and evolve their sound somewhat lest it become stale. I have no problem with that. In fact, I really liked the direction that their last disc, 'Brothers', appeared to be headed in: in addition to their stalwart blues, they were incorporating soul and R&B. I was very excited to get this album and have given it several listens and a few days to really sink in. In lieu of the soul and gritty blues, they've replaced it with pop and overproduction. It just seems very repetitive and would probably be good as background music at a party. It's not bad and acts as a good, safe offering to people who aren't familiar with The Black Keys, but it sounds like they're playing it safe here. In light of the garbage that the music industry is trying to pawn off on us, this disc has most everything else beat nowadays. But compared with the rest of their catalog, I think this is the Keys weakest offering and will likely get the least airplay on my stereo.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Keys - Magnificent seven December 6, 2011
Format:Audio CD
It's a Black Keys album and you pretty much know what your going to get. This is the seventh outing from the great Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach. They work in what is a somewhat restricted musical seam yet they seem to manage to squeeze every ounce of funky blues and soul base metal from its core and add their own little discoveries. It all adds up to a quality product but one in "El Camino" which adds a bit more grease and motor oil to the usual mix. The result is the creation of what is one of their best hard rocking blues barrages in sometime which does offer contrast to the more laidback "Brothers" album. Equally the bands honorary third member Dangermouse (Brian Joseph Burton) is at the control desk again and has decided to place a welcome emphasis on the pop hooks in these 11 great songs and for once the bass player gets a proper look in.

It all kicks off with two thumpers the overpowering "Lonely boy" and the brilliant "Dead and gone". It all sounds effortless with the former containing a killer sing-along chorus and a pounding fuzzy riff while the latter contains .......ahem, a killer sing-along chorus and pounding fuzzy riff! A great start and the foot is barely taken off the gas with the glam rock of "Gold on the ceiling" which you can almost visualise the great Marc Bolan singing in the heyday of T Rex. The pace cools for the initially acoustic "Little black submarines" gently sung by Auerbach but breaks out into a massive electric beast halfway through with a riff that does echo Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's last dance". It's a real standout track and followed by keepers like "Money maker" and the funky "Run right back". The track "Sister" sounds like one of those classic tracks built for FM rock radio which you imagine that Paul Rodgers could happily cover.
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60 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keys in the Ignition December 6, 2011
By Rachel
Format:Audio CD
The Black Keys constituents Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney's previous offering--"Brothers"--was their first conventional success, despite the fact that it had some noticeable weaknesses. Namely, it featured a large number of ballads and underwhelming up-tempo tracks, which were a huge contrast to the contents of the album's most endeared, hard-hitting predecessors, "Thickfreakness" and "Rubber Factory." Now, the Black Keys are back to fill a gaping void in the Alternative Rock scene. They have approached the project with much needed innovation and a revamped sound, in order to create something more than a sequel to their prior commercial success. This venture is marked by a fearless attempt to capture listeners by muscling full speed through perilous terrain, and it reaches its mark without once losing momentum--or a sense of humor.

Auerbach and Carney were taking a risk by returning to the formula of the excessively produced "Attack & Release" and their biggest commercial single yet, "Tighten Up," from "Brothers," by once again teaming up with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton--this time, allowing him full participation in the creative process. His fingerprints are prominent all over this release, but that--in and of itself--is not necessarily a bad thing. Have no fear--The Black Keys have not been recreated in the Gnarls Barkley image, and this is not, yet another spaghetti western for which Burton has such a glaring affinity. In fact, there is very little semblance to any of Burton's other projects. Instead, the end result is simply a more polished and accessible sound that still holds true to the band's character, with only the slightest hint of artistic surrender.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy this whole album
I enjoy this whole album
Published 1 day ago by TJBJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this group
Published 3 days ago by Sondra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A masterpiece from the Black Keys!!! Totally worth buying this album.
Published 5 days ago by George Megas
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it is ok but not the best of the keys
Published 6 days ago by maynard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is 75% better than the Key's recent release
This album is 75% better than the Key's recent release, for sure! My personal opinion. I could be wrong or have water in my ears. After all it is summer. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jackie Berliner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 7 days ago by Carriq
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD!
Published 18 days ago by Jon Celesia
5.0 out of 5 stars I just didn't like them. No idea why but I didn't
When I first heard the Black Keys, I just didn't like them. No idea why but I didn't. I thought they were mainly just making a lot of noise which confuses me as to why I chose to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by David L. Mazzola
5.0 out of 5 stars and I LOVE it. Very rocking
My first ever Black Keys album, and I LOVE it. Very rocking!!! Still love "Gold On the Ceiling" the best, but if that's why you're buying it, you absolutely won't be... Read more
Published 24 days ago by J. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album. Wish I would have gotten it sooner.
Published 27 days ago by V B
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