Now Hear This: The Black Keys' "El Camino" Offers an Excellent Ride

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Most bands tend to spiral downward as time goes on, but not The Black Keys. Critics continue to praise record after record; and with their seventh studio release, El Camino, the acclaim continues.

A little more pop than previous albums, The Black Keys' El Camino is an excellent ride from start to finish: 11 songs, ranging from love and greed to despair and loneliness. Just good old fashioned rock & roll, given a pop flair. Throughout their successful career, The Black Keys have adhered to the basics of playing rock: melodic beats, an active snare drum and attitude. This album is no different.

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Most bands tend to spiral downward as time goes on, but not The Black Keys. Critics continue to praise record after record; and with their seventh studio release, El Camino, the acclaim continues.

A little more pop than previous albums, The Black Keys' El Camino is an excellent ride from start to finish: 11 songs, ranging from love and greed to despair and loneliness. Just good old fashioned rock & roll, given a pop flair. Throughout their successful career, The Black Keys have adhered to the basics of playing rock: melodic beats, an active snare drum and attitude. This album is no different.

From the first track, "Lonely Boy," to the last, "Mind Eraser," the catchy drums get you jumping up and down like you're front and center at a Keys' show. Some traditionally slick riffs are sprinkled throughout the record. Particularly memorable is the ending of the album, which leaves you wanting a little more. You can always hit "repeat"—or go back to the band's older offerings, all worthy additions to any STACKlete's playlist.

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