Magic Potion Extra tracks, Import
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"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.
"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.
"Just A Little Heat", "Modern Times", "Goodbye Babylon", "Just Got To Be", "Give Your Heart Away" and "Black Door" this album is ridiculously good!!!!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Along with the Black Keys' Brother CD, this CD has been in my car player for over a year and I still listen to it without getting tired of these tunes.Published 13 days ago by R-N
The Black Keys are one the few genuine rockers in contemporary music. They got balls!Published 4 months ago by Tom Hill
Another guitar & percussion masterpiece of retro-indie! Reminds me of the latter sixty / early seventies bands & deserves a seven star rating! Thanx!Published 7 months ago
I like the Black Keys because they have that "small club'" feel, raw, not studio enhanced. Love it!Published 10 months ago by April Schulte
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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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