THE BLACK KEYS

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Down­load tracks: I Got Mine, Re­mem­ber When (Side A & Side B) It’s amaz­ing what a fresh set of ears can hear. Ohio boys Pa­trick Car­ney and Dan Auer­bach’s first four al­bums of spikey, stomp­ing blues didn’t quite set the world alight, yet there was def­i­nitely some­thing in the wa­ter. It took blow-in pro­ducer Brian “Dan­ger Mouse” Bur­ton to do for them what he’d also done for Go­ril­laz and his own Gnarls Barkley. In the case of The Black Keys, Bur­ton has un­locked the drama and lit up the char­ac­ter in the duo’s sound. Sure, the blues are still the dom­i­nant hue, but there are now also husky soul­ful hollers, melan­cholic coun­try rich­ness, heavy­weight melodic boo­gies and plenty of other sonic lay­ers to keep them com­pany. Ev­ery track will grab you, from the pow­er­ful proggy blast of I Got Mine to the two takes on Re­mem­ber When. www.theblack keys.com

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