The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney released True Blue last Tuesday, on the heels of two consecutive platinum selling LP’s. It may not sound anything like their last release El Camino, but that’s intentional, and I, for one, prefer it that way. We don’t need an El Camino 2. They have no desire to make that record, and is that really what we desire of them?
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the process behind the Danger Mouse co-produced album is summed up perfectly, “They then settled into the album’s seven-minute, organ-tinged, quasi-psychedelic opener “Weight of Love” and with that written, the band decided not to try to write singles. “After that, it was like, ‘We can do whatever we want – it’ll be all right,'” Auerbach said. From there, the duo began working on what Auerbach called a “headphone record.”
The album’s lyrics are definitely melancholy tinged, having ” all the lyrics” influenced by Dan Auerbach tumultuous past year – going through a divorce. They deliberately closed with the upbeat, rollicking, sing along rock song “Gotta Get Away”.
But make no mistake this 70’s influenced, psychedelic soul album is made by two boys who live and breathe the blues! Excuse me now while I go find a pair of headphones; I need another listen.