Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling

The Black Keys’ latest album El Camino ended up walking away towards the end of last year with the kind of reviews a genuine future classic is built on. What it offered was a new take on something old; choppy, bluesy riffs pulled down an alley of keen contemporary rock hooks – it was a record steeped in the past but one with its eyes faced resolutely on making a splash in the here and now. With its fuzzy guitar riffs new single Gold On The Ceiling hits like a dollop of Aladdin Sane era Bowie, processed through the quirk-penetrated filters of something like the Dandy Warhols. It’s rock at its most earthy and truthful to its roots. For a band that have been going as long as the Black Keys (their first LP was released back in 2002), its enervating to see them finally hitting the big time, and with tracks as raucously fun as this, they do it with fine aplomb.

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