The Black Keys
Eligible in: 2027 (The 2028 Induction Ceremony)
|Essential Albums (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||Amazon CD|
|Attack And Release (2008)||☆||♫||♁|
|Essential Songs (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||YouTube|
|Howlin' For You (2010)||☆||♫||☊|
|Tighten Up (2010)||☆||♫||☊|
|Lonely Boy (2011)||☆||♫||☊|
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If the White Stripes tried on every song, they'd be half as good as The Black Keys.
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:55pm
You don't like the White Stripes, Kit?
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:56pm
I like The White Stripes, but I find them uniquely frustrating. On every album there are three songs that knock me out and the seven that sound like they should be outtakes. The Black Keys have the same two-person garage-blooze format but are more consistent in the delivery of the awesome.
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:59pm
So if I like the White Stripes, should I love The Back Keys?
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 21:45pm
I think it just might be the natural complacency that comes hand in hand with being at the top of a given field. Jack White has it made, no matter what he does he's in the Critically Untouchable and Comercially Bulletproof zone. He can mail it in all he wnats and there's nothing we can do about it.
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 22:42pm
Interesting. So you do see a causal relationship between "making it" commercially and a resulting dip in quality music; at least enough for it to be identifiable as a pattern?
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 23:04pm
I'm not sold enough on it to make it a set in stone rule, but it's something I've noticed more than once.
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 23:14pm
Can I ask you who you have not seen it in? As in, who in your opinion has retained a consistent level of high quality work even after some commercial success?
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 23:32pm
Some current bands I can think of who have continued to get better (or at least avoided stagnation) along with their sales: Wilco, Spoon, Against Me!, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Bright Eyes, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Against Me! in particular has made a huge splash on MTV this year without sacrificing anything in the way of kwolety.
Posted by Kit on Friday, 12.28.07 @ 02:07am
"Jack White has it made, no matter what he does he's in the Critically Untouchable and Comercially Bulletproof zone"
Posted by l i a m on Friday, 12.28.07 @ 08:00am
Kit, I picked up "The Big Come Up" this week and you are correct - The Black Keys are VERY cool! I love 'em.
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 08:22am
Did you manage to find any of the stuff I recommended, shawn?
Posted by liam on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 09:17am
Hi Liam. Not yet I haven't, but my next musical mission is to get that Black Grape album you mentioned and one from The Charlatans.
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 13:40pm
Hey Liam - on what page did we have that discussion? It was the time you asked me what albums from Happy Mondays and Supergrass I had, then you made your recommendations for what I should get next, what to avoid; can't find it...
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 13:56pm
Oh, that was on the 2008 inductees page.
Posted by liam on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 14:09pm
Love the dirty blues riffs by these guys. Learned about them recently through the song "I Got Mine." You can't tell me you can't picture Led Zep cranking out that song. They remind me of Thorogood, too.
Posted by Chris on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 12:54pm
The Black Keys: Rubber Factory - 2004
Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 17:41pm
New album comes out tomorrow and it sounds great! You can stream it in its entirety at NPR.org
Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 05.17.10 @ 15:44pm
Black Keys are good but I don't really like their new album. But the stuff before this recent one, was great. The new album is meh though.
Posted by Reggie on Monday, 01.31.11 @ 19:15pm
THe Black Keys do rock, but let's talk about Jack White. Jack is a beast of a musician...look at the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather and tell me again how untalented he is...and how he's just mailing it in. I guarantee not a single one of you has written as many songs as he and probably me (I have over 300 in my catalog). Songwriting isn't all that easy to stay consistant, as your influences change over and over. What may not be good to you is good to someone else.
Posted by Michael on Friday, 09.9.11 @ 10:59am
This band is on a really, REALLY good winning streak. Their last few albums have all been excellent. If they keep at it, they're well on their way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, IMO.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 12.23.11 @ 06:18am
The Black Keys are a "mainstream" band now. Some might disagree, but I think it's very cool to see a longtime underground/indie band become a household name. It's certainly going to help their Hall of Fame chances. But will it affect the quality of their music?
Posted by A-Killa on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 10:58am
Watching them at US Airways Center right now. Incredible live band. Doing a good blend of old and new stuff.
Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 01:41am
Don't like'em but they'll make it!
Posted by Jo on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 09:31am
Don't like'em but they'll make it!
Posted by Jo on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 09:32am
Saw this band Friday night at The Hangout. Made it in for last half of set & encore. Have never really got this band. Will say that I like them alot better than I did before.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 05.22.14 @ 12:16pm
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