If you're looking to brush up on your air guitar skills, then you need to give the Black Keys' new album, El Camino, a good, hard listen.
Produced by Danger Mouse (alongside members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney), El Camino's like a sucker punch to the stomach. While Brothers had a bit more of a pop feel, El Camino is unmistakably rock n' roll. Right from the outset on the album's opener, Lonely Boy, the listener is met with wavering feedback that leads into THE catchiest guitar riff ever. Then the bellowing drums come in and you just know that the song will be taking up permanent residency in your head. Especially its almost parasitic chorus, "Oh whoa oh oh, I got a love that keeps me waiting / Oh whoa oh oh, I got a love that keeps me waiting / Im a lonely boy, I'm a lonely boy" which I have been humming all morning much to my coworkers' chagrin.
Golden On The Ceiling, another standout track, is something we could easily hear on Rock Band. It's a pretty steady guitar riff the whole way through, but still has a howlin' solo for you to get that high score. The drumming, as with every Black Keys song, is stellar and maintains the song's structure as a stable backbone.
El Camino hits the ground running December 6th (today!). And if you're not yet swayed on the album, head on over to Street Date for the full disclosure.