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Desert Island Thursday • The Black Keys

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Are you sure? Yes, Regis, I’m sure.

Hello and happy Thursday my fellow kilSters!! For this edition of Desert Island Thursday, we take a look at The Black Keys. This one was a bit of a toughy for me. The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach – guitar, bass, vox and Patrick Carney – drums) keep releasing albums that are pretty great and so deciding which album to be stranded on a desert island with is kind of a difficult choice to make, don’t you think? Usually I’m well prepared for all the pieces I’m set to commit to the webisphere, yet I can honestly say that this time I’m winging this one. A decision must be made nonetheless. 2011’s El Camino. That’s it, final answer. Are you sure? Yes, Regis, I’m sure.

They wear their influences of blues and Motown R&B right on their sleeves.

The Black Keys have always been one of those bands that with whatever material they release, that material always had an air of familiarity to it. Be it with the band’s music or Dan’s melodic lines in the songs, one can’t shake the feeling that you’ve heard this before. There’s a simple answer to this little quandary. The Black Keys are not originators of anything. They wear their influences of blues and Motown R&B right on their sleeves. Ain’t nothing wrong with that folks, is there? El Camino draws from many different influences including The Clash, The Ramones, T. Rex, Johnny Burnette, The Beatles, The Cramps, and The Cars, just to name a few.

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you can clearly hear the difference between this album and 2010’s Brothers which rode the distorted Blues train all the way through, Black Keys style.

El Camino is probably The Black Keys’ poppiest album to date, and if you’ve been following kilScene from the beginning, you know what a sucker I am for pop music. El Camino is not pop in the Katy Perry conventional sense, but you can clearly hear the difference between this album and 2010’s Brothers which rode the distorted Blues train all the way through, Black Keys style.

if I had the foresight that I was going to a deserted island, I would make sure to pack all of The Black Keys records

El Camino, just like the rest of The Black Keys catalog, is a classic Black Keys record. Although I had to choose one album for today’s feature, that should not mask the truth of it all. The truth being that if I really were stranded on a deserted island, hell, if I had the foresight that I was going to a deserted island, I would make sure to pack all of The Black Keys records alongside my other favorite mainstay, Local H.

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If you were stranded on a desert island and you happen to like your music with a distinctive ’60’s-’70’s sound, then you need to bring The Black Keys along to the deserted island party, and if you don’t happen to own said album, fear not, kilScene has you covered! You can pick up El Camino here!

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