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Magic Potion Extra tracks, Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Just Got To Be
  2. Your Touch
  3. You're The One
  4. Just A Little Heat
  5. Give Your Heart Away
  6. Strange Desire
  7. Modern Times
  8. Flame
  9. Goodbye Babylon
  10. Black Door
  11. Elevator
  12. Breaks (Bonus Track)
  13. Thickfreakness (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: V2 Japan
  • ASIN: B000J10BNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It just doesn't get any simpler, or any better, than this.

"Magic Potion" features the same short list of ingredients that made The Black Keys great--only now everything's blended toghether even more perfectly. Two guys--guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Pat Carney. Timeless blues songs about the timeless things: love, lust, desire, duplicity, troubles both simple and insurmountable. Auerbach's perfect blues voice, with just the right amount of weariness and longing. Just the right amount of drumming from Carney. And swirling throughought, Auerbach's great electric guitar crunching through monster blues riffs and spreading out into long lonely arcs of electrified ache.

On paper, the Black Keys sound like something dreamed up by record company executives trying to copy The White Stripes. Two people? Check. From a Rust Belt town? Check. Playing garage-y blues? Check. A name with a color in it? Check.

It sounds like something that's been done before. And it has. And yet the music's so good and simple and timeless and catchy that you can't help but love it anyway--this is the kind of music you hear just once and say, "Wow--who is this?" so you can pick up your own copy at your earliest convenience, if not sooner. The songs are every bit as good, and perhaps even more consistent, than those on 2004's "Rubber Factory." And there's some killer lyrics here, to boot. "I don't wanna go to hell, but if I do, it'll be cause of you," Auerbach growls on "Strange Desire," and it's hard to think of a simpler, fresher, or more authentically blues-y lyric. The band's website says this album's about "getting their signature sound down to a science," and that sounds about right. It's a shame more musicians can make timeless music so effortlessly--there's plenty of bands out there with three times as many people that don't sound half as good.
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The Black Keys are one of my favorite rock and roll bands with their garage band minimalism tempered by touches of blues and psychedelia. But I was a little surprised when the band signed to the eclectic Nonesuch label and wondered how this would affect their sound. Well, I needn't wonder at all as this album was literally recorded in a band member's basement and keeps the same raw and exciting sound as the bands previous work. Most of the songs are kept short and sweet with blistering blues based guitar and basic drumming giving way to melodic hooks like in "Your Touch" which is very catchy and has elements of pop without compromising their rough and tumble sound.

"You're the One" slows things down to a ballad tempo with a gauzy, slightly trippy love song that plays against the bands stereotype. "Just a Little Heat" and "Give Your Heart Away" find the band hopping back on the boogie train, while the bluesy wail of "Strange Desire" goes back to the bands roots and shows the groups knows its strength and plays to it admirably as they do with the blasting "Modern Times" and the lengthy workout "Goodbye Babylon." Anyone interested in unadorned rock and roll will find much to enjoy here.
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This is the best hard rock album of the year (more like the best rock album since "Elephant") that i've heard at least, this is their most solid work since "The Big Come Up" my other favorite BLACK KEYS album, every song rocks hard especially
"Just A Little Heat", "Modern Times", "Goodbye Babylon", "Just Got To Be", "Give Your Heart Away" and "Black Door" this album is ridiculously good!!!!
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I am 32 with somewhat young parents. So I grew up with my parents blaring Journey, Led Zepplin, Steve Miller Band, and Cat Stevens. I know what good rock is and these guys are IT.

Hearing all the greats growing up, I recognize many of their styles in the Black Keys music and none of it comes off as a cheap copy-cat sound like so many bands tend to. These two guys have talent of their own and they play music that just plain sounds good.

It's the kind of music you want to hear when you go out drinking beer with the guys or when you're driving in your car, or when you want to go out and hear a damn good live show.

I can't seem to take this CD out of rotation - it's really damn good!
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I don't want to like this band, or this album, as much as I do. It bugs me a little bit that they won't add a bassist so Auerbach can rip some screeching blues solos full of passion and heartache. I can sense that he wants to let loose on this record more than any of their others - but can't because of the restrictions that their 2 person set up inevitably will always bring. All that having been said, this record is nothing short of amazing. I've only had it for a few days and I can't stop listening to it. This is far and away the Black Keys' strongest record to date. The singing on this record captures the blues more than any white rock band I have ever heard - from Zeppelin to Stevie Ray Vaughn and ZZ Top and the rest. Mr. Auerbach was blessed with a voice that came straight from the murkiest waters of the Mississippi Delta. Listening to the Black Keys - especially on this record - is like being transported to a time and place that is long gone. They make the blues exciting and invigorating again. This does not sound like a white blues-rock band. Magic Potion is fuzzed-out heart-wrenching pure blues from start to finish. It is one of the most urgent, honest, emotional records I have heard in some time. The riffs are brutal yet silky smooth, and Dan Carney's drums hit hard throughout. As for the singing, I think Dan Auerbach has the best voice in music today. I'll refrain from an exhaustive discussion of the individual songs. Suffice it to say there is not one remotely weak track on this disc. The songs are so strong you'll scarely notice the stripped down minimalism of the Black Keys' sound. With this release the Black Keys have gone from the best indie novelty act around to a full-blown rock and roll powerhouse.Read more ›
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Calling someone a worthless human being over an opinion on a record is pretty damn moronic, pal - especially when he has a very valid point (albiet in a round about kinda way) I think what the original poster is getting at is that he/she doesn't want to see the mainstream get a hold of this gem... Read More
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