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Turn Blue

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The Black Keys 2014 album, Turn Blue, released on Nonesuch Records, was produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, and features 11 tracks including the first single, "Fever. "

Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to:

A: Suffocation
B: Sadness
C: Numbness from extreme cold
D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi
E: All of the above

Moreover, Carney comments, "We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue."
This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011's critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum.
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  • Audio CD (May 13, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00J7UL6V6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (573 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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We all know the Black Keys formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio as a blues garbage band struggling to be heard. They made some incredible independent CD's "The Big Come Up", "Rubber Factory" "Thickfreakness" to name just a few. After years of touring in a beat-up mini-van. Dan and Pat found some success from "Attack and Release" as their shows began to see larger crowds. The further success of "Brothers" in 2010 was a surprise in part because radio actually picked up the track "Tighten-up" that CD had a vibe of blues-meets Motown. El-Camino was their stadium CD and propelled the band into mainstream recognition but all the rock-blues sound was there it just was more polished and refined. In 2014, along comes "Turn Blue" and this CD can be described as blues meets psychedelia. The opening track "Weight of Love" is Pink Floyd meets the blues this is even more evident when played live. Its a 7 minute tour deforce of Dan's guitar solos (I counted 4) The other track which is a stand out and is ever bit as blues rock but with Danger Mouse having a influence is "Bullet in the Brain" the jam to that track is every bit as incredible as their earlier work its just that these tracks have production flourishes that I have come to enjoy. The keyboards on that song and the amazing bass lines on this track make it a killer. The song played live is mind-blowing when Dan and Pat play its a musical marriage that will hopeful continue for years. Pat's drums with the bass (played live by Richard Swift- The Shins) transform you into another world.Read more ›
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I have listened to this album twice already and I am impressed. The album doesn't have the fun/single heavy factor that El Camino had but it is much more mature and deeper album than its predecessors. The production, song writing, and playing are all top notch. It is much darker than previous Black Keys albums but it does a good job of combining blues, funk, 70s Pink Floyd psychedelic genres to create something that is interesting/unique to listen to (especially on your 8th studio album) which is a quality that I respect from musicians.
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From the first two tracks released before the album’s release, we can all agree that this album features a drastic change in sound however there are definitely glimpses of classic Keys in there.

Weight of Love – This is perhaps one of the strongest track on the album and reminiscent of Pink Floyd, what with the haunting intro and evocative guitar solos interspersed with lyrics open to interpretation.

In Time – The intro confuses the listener but this track fulfills the cliché of “growing on you” as the song carries on. This song evolves into a sound very close to signature Keys and the chorus is the kind that will get stuck in your head.

Turn Blue – I think this will evoke mixed feelings from Keys fans like myself but I have come to really like this song. The sound is not too different from their usual style but the vocals are outstanding and again, the chorus is fit for the song. It is also not over-mixed and has a largely bare-bones structure to it.

Fever – Despite playing it to death, this song simply does not do it for me. Perhaps it is the stark departure from their traditional sound to a synth-pop edge. No, it is definitely that!

Year in Review – This is one track in which the lead guitar is heard very briefly in the last minute and there is a lot of synthesized sounds sprinkled in various parts. I found it to be average, albeit with a catchy tune.

Bullet in the brain – One wonders to what extent is this song inspired by Dan’s divorce (“share the blame” and “I was in the wrong but you weren't in it anymore”) however it is a very dark track and comes across as a fervent manifestation of very personal pain.
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