The Black Keys: Lonely Boy

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Posted December 6, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in HiDef
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El Camino lead single proves to be the perfect introduction to one of 2011’s most highly-anticipated releases

When the Black Keys lays out an uptempo, they usually amp up the retro.

“Lonely Boy,” the lead single off of their highly-anticipated El Camino LP, continues that trend using Buddy Holly grit, Rolling Stones fire and some Pulp Fiction sizzle. The chorus, a fiesty sing-a-long led by an angelic choir, swings back and forth on the thunderous drum pounding of Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach‘s rock n’ rollin’ guitar. The frustration for returned love and his persistence to wait is a perfect fit on Auerbach’s vocal as he moans out “I got a love that keeps me waitin.” Even with all the blues and sadness that comes with a lover’s rejection, this is what a bonafide hit sounds like. If this doesn’t return folk back to rock ‘n roll, nothing will.

J MATTHEW COBB

LISTEN TO:
BLACK KEYS – LONELY BOY

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J Matthew Cobb

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