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Danger Mouse, featuring the Black Keys,
This review is from: Turn Blue (Audio CD)
This band is almost unrecognizable now, Danger Mouse having taken the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th spots in the band. Patrick Carney's imperfect desperation has been synthesized and pinched to drum-machine perfection, every one of Dan Auerbach's choruses is doubled by an unearthly reverbed angel voice an octave higher, every melody line is punctuated by a synth note to make sure it sticks in your head. Don't get me wrong, I like Danger Mouse fine, but this is in no way shape or form the Black Keys. It is Danger Mouse featuring performances by the Black Keys. Maybe that's what they wanted to create and that's totally fine, but I've heard a lot of Danger Mouse and once you've heard his bag of tricks it gets pretty repetitive.
Then again, some of these songs are deeply lame. That Fever song would never be on the radio without that horribly overloud synth melody line repeating over and over like a commercial jingle. It's really generic and pretty bad, but it's like an ice pick in your head which I guess is what makes a radio song.
I give three stars only because the first track alone is worth the price of admission. The Black Keys meet Pink Floyd. Again it's nothing like the Black Keys that I know, but it's awesome so that's okay. Most albums don't have a truly great song, and this has one, so that's worth at least a couple of stars.
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Initial post: May 13, 2014 7:42:40 AM PDT
T.S. Daily says:
Agreed, no problem with the branching out, and Danger Mouse is good/catchy, it's just all the stuff he works on (this, Broken Bells, that Portugal the Man album) sounds so similar.
Posted on May 13, 2014 4:42:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2014 6:50:36 PM PDT
Josh Greenstein says:
Danger Mouse Killed the Indie Rock Stars
Posted on May 13, 2014 9:40:26 PM PDT
If I could agree 101%...I would right now. He's like a modern Bob Rock. They need to just change the name of the band. Everybody he produces sounds too similar.
I've grown to believe Black Pistol Fire > The Black Keys. Because they're what Dan and Pat used to be.
Posted on May 13, 2014 11:47:52 PM PDT
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Posted on May 14, 2014 9:20:07 AM PDT
B. Williams says:
Wow, I love Danger Mouse and I love the Black Keys, but I can see where the synthesis of the two could go wrong. Danger Mouse has been spreading himself around a bit much lately. Great review.
Posted on May 14, 2014 12:02:59 PM PDT
You nailed it. The first track is great, Fever is no good, the rest is somewhere in mediocrity.
Posted on May 15, 2014 10:42:29 AM PDT
Randall Estep says:
Well said. Teaming up with Dangermouse = commercial success. That is what Dan wanted. I read an interview of him saying he didn't want to worry about money so he changed their music into something that would appeal to the masses. They nailed it. Too bad for fans of their old music. At least we still have those old albums to jam out on. RIP The Black Keys. I miss you
Posted on May 15, 2014 1:27:31 PM PDT
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R. Rios says:
This is a well stated review of the album and direction of the band. Reading the liner notes, I was not surprised to see the two songs I gravitated towards upon first listens (T7, It's Up To You Now and T11, Gotta Get Away) happed to be produced by The Black Keys, no credit to Burton. They're a seemingly more organic progression for the band, without sounding too polished. The others are heavily influenced by Danger Mouse or seemingly borrowed melodies (Bullet In The Brain=Pink Floyd's Breathe).
Posted on May 16, 2014 3:29:54 AM PDT
P. Horan says:
I agree, but I'd give this album 2 stars. There are a couple of tracks I enjoyed and found catchy. That's no high compliment from me about TBK, as I've normally found them innovative and great. I also saw parallels to Pink Floyd, whom I love. However, I didn't find those tracks where they flirted with progressive rock or psychedelia to bad good at all. Not their forte.
Posted on May 16, 2014 4:58:56 PM PDT
The Pink Floyd 'homage' is glaringly apparent on both Weight of Love and Bullet in the Brain.