New beginnings and brotherhood ((tags:the black keys, black keys, brothers, best rock performance, best alternative music album, best rock song, tighten up, howlin? for you, everlasting light, next girl, best singles of 2010, 50 best albums, top 40 albums

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New Beginnings and Brotherhood
Andrew Tombs

The Black Keys are an American blues-rock duo that consists of vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney.

The album Brothers by the Black Keys is their sixth full length album released and is their first after their short break-up following Auerbach?s release of his solo album Keep It Hid. This album and its songs were nominated for five 2011 Grammy Awards. These were: Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Song (with Tighten Up), Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal (Tighten Up), Best Rock Instrumental Performance (with Black Mud) and the Best Recording Package (with Michael Carney). They won Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package (with Michael Carney) and their single Tighten Up won Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Tighten Up was the only single on the album produced by previous producer Danger Mouse and is their most successful single to date due to it being their first charting song and reaching number one on the US Alternative Songs and US Rock Songs charts.

The album opens up with the playful tune Everlasting Light which has Auerbach singing in a falsetto vocal and the beat is like a hybrid of T-Rex?s Mambo Sun. The next two songs, Next Girl and Tighten Up do not stray from the usual Black Keys style, with Larry Fitzmaurice describing Next Girl being as ?boilerplate Black Keys, complete with a burned-barn riff for a chorus and lyrics about wayward women?. The transition from the more upbeat Everlasting Light to the slower Never Give You Up continues to show the musical variety that The Black Keys possess.

Rolling Stone magazine placed Brothers as number two in their Best Albums of 2010 and the single Everlasting Light as number eleven on their Best Singles of 2010. Spin placed the album at number 30 in its Top 40 Albums of 2010 with Paste placing it at number 46 in its 50 Best Albums of 2010.

While this album may not depart entirely from the traditional Black Keys sound, the new elements that were introduced in the album give the variety that the band needs to reinvigorate itself after its recent break-up. The album Brothers marks a new beginning for the Black Keys through the diversity of the singles and the success of the album as a whole.

Tags: the black keys, black keys, brothers, best rock performance, best alternative music album, best rock song, tighten up, howlin? for you, everlasting light, next girl, best singles of 2010, 50 best albums, top 40 albums of 2010.

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