CD Review: The Black Keys “Turn Blue”

The Black Keys have released The Black Keys have released "Turn Blue" Photo by Danny Clinch

Kieran White
Thursday, June 26, 2014
8:16 PM

“Turn Blue”, The Black Keys’ eighth album, has received, for the most part, approval.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Their fourth collaboration with songwriter and producer Danger Mouse, Turn Blue presents more of a melancholy, alternative rock combination than the blues-rock feel of previous releases.

Even the album’s title exhibits its introspective tone, as it is a catchphrase used by 1960’s horror host Ghoulardi.

The change in pace has, for the majority, been considered a nice reorientation, executed well.

However a disgruntled chorus can be heard in some quarters, concerning the, at-times, absence of their trademark raw blues sound.

But, the style of lyrics The Black Keys are famed for are there, while the instruments have taken up a more alternative feel.

This doesn’t take away from the quality of the album, though.

Stand-out songs include “It’s Up to You Now”, which includes a guitar segment that has that original raw feeling; “Weight of Love”, featuring a scintillating guitar solo, and “Bullet In the Brain”, with psychedelic electronics and lyrics that truly captivate the lugubrious feel of the album.

Although it’s not entirely the ‘old’ Black Keys, Turn Blue provides a good listening experience, and songs that will grow on you.

Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerback’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.

Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to: suffocation, sadness, numbness from extreme cold, a Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s, called Ghoulardi, or all of these listed.

Patrick Carney says: “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.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

North Herts Homes

 

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Homes24
Jobs24
Drive24
MyDate24
MyPhotos24
FamilyNotices24
Weddingsite

Click here to read more of our digital publications
Paper delivery enquiries Reader Holidays Herts Most Wanted Wedding Show

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT