Dan Auerbach (right) and Patrick Carney (left) have done it again. This duo rockstars released a new very interesting and irresistibly catchy Turn Blue. Everyone (I think) or every critic who has a huge emotional relation with rock genre would agree with the statement : The Black Keys are one of the last true Rock Bands left. With that statement pierced on my mind, and of course I believed it, their attempt to release Turn Blue caught a great deal of my attention.
This album opens with a long epic guitar solo for more than 2 minutes and it’s awesome. What a great declaration to all of their fans waiting for this album that this is worth waiting and it is represented by its first track “Weight of Love”. This track really gives the sense of raw and bluesy, and I think this is one of the greatest rock songs in 2014 which is the longest track of the album, and from its expanded structure, I can say that this song is quite progressive.
The second track, “In Time”, contains a series of thumping and clacking under Auerbach’s rich falsetto and backing vocals. A lot of psychedelia senses in this track combine with retro feeling. It’s not so futuristic, yet it is. But your excitement from listening the first track doesn’t go any direction but better.
“Turn Blue” is a darker flow when listening to this album in a sequence. This is more like Auerbach’s statement of crying for help and produces a more calming song than the previous one. One thing I like the most about this album is the sequence of the tracks. You can never have a glimpse of monotony. After that calming song, “Fever” comes out with a groovy intro and a lot of bass shredding that catch your attention. This is the lead single of this album. I describe this as a catchy pop tune that has its dance-happy vibe. “Year in Review” is a song with the richest blue soul feelings of all tracks in my opinion as The Black Keys go with the concept vintage.
The other tracks like “Bullet in The Brain” and “Waiting on Words” are more like acoustic ballads in the midst of the records that has a rhythm guitar as an intro. Every rock album must have ballads in them. This two tracks cover it. Especially “Waiting on Words” Dan’s singing with falsetto really sounds like he’s pouring out his heart into delivering whatever message contained in this song.
“It’s Up to You Now” has the unique drum lines, more like a tribal sounded, and this echoing sound of Auerbach’s singing gives more haunting sense, which I like. And the guitar solo in the middle is really soulful, and it just drowns me. After that it’s back to its groovy drum lines, such an interesting ups and downs experience.
On the other hand, “10 Lovers” opens with a keyboard riff so high-pitched. Another calming song comes in psychedelic guitar workout “In Our Prime”, while the album closer “Gotta Get Away” is an unshamedly pop-y track destined to become a summer anthem.
My conclusion, The Black Keys is evolving in good ways according to this newest 8th album from them. You get a lot to dig on and this record can give you some unpredictable experiences. You may like it or you may not, but as far as my concern I think this is a great album. Go get this record and enjoy 😀