ALBUM REVIEW: Turn Blue by The Black Keys

The Black Keys - Turn BlueThe Black Keys have just releaed their 8th nstudio album Turn Blue. This latest effort showcases a different side to the band’s sound, gliding through with a a hazy, blues-infused vibe that dominates throughout the album. The Black Keys are a band that is constantly pushing themselves from album to album, always challenging themselves to bring a new sound and new vibe to their work and “Turn Blue” is no exception. This is also the band’s second time working with producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton.

The majority of the album shies away from staple Black Keys elements like big hooks and Carney’s stomping drums. Somber and eclectic, opening track “Weight of Love” sets the tone for a introspective journey through sound and emotion that flows through the rest of the album. The lyrical content wades through a sea of pain and regret, ranging from bittersweet remorse to seething rage. Songs like “Fever” and “10 Lovers” coast along on with 70’s-influenced pop melodies with dark lyrics adding an eerie vibe while title track “Turn Blue” and “In Time” ease into a funky, blues rhythm that boils and ebs in a pool of melancholy.

The Black Keys never fail to deliver something fresh and new and thats is the key to their longevity in the rock scene. “Turn Blue” is now available for purchase on iTunes. The band will be touring for the better part of the summer so check them out at the dates listed below. You can find ticket links and more information at the band’s website.

Tour Dates:

05-16 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival
06-20 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06-22 Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-24 Zagreb, Croatia – Inmusic Festival
06-27 St. Gallen, Switzerland – Open Air St. Gallen
06-28 Beuningen, Holland – Down the Rabbit Hole
07-02 Gdansk, Poland – Open’er Festival
07-04 Pas-de-Calais, France – Main Square Festival
07-05 Werchter, Belgium – Festivalpark Werchter
07-06 Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennes
07-08 Rome, Italy – Rock in Rome
07-11 Lisbon, Portugal – Optimus Alive
07-12 Bilbao, Spain – Bilbao BBK Live
07-15 Nimes, France – Festival de Nimes
07-17 Vieilles Charrues, France – Les Vieilles Charrues
07-20 Suffolk, England – Latitude Festival
09-05 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center *
09-06 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena *
09-07 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena *
09-09 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center *
09-10 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center *
09-12 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena *
09-13 Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center *
09-14 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena *
09-16 Toronto, Ontario –  Air Canada Centre *
09-18 Montreal, Quebec –  Bell Centre *
09-20 Philadelphia, PA –  Wells Fargo Center *
09-21 Boston, MA – TD Garden *
09-24 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
09-25 Washington, DC – Verizon Center *
09-27 Chicago, IL – United Center *
10-24 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center †
10-25 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre †
10-27 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome †
10-28 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place †
10-30 Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific Coliseum †
10-31 Portland, OR – Moda Centers †
11-01 Seattle, WA – KeyArena †
11-09 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl †
11-10 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center †
11-12 Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center †
11-13 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center †
11-15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center †
11-16 Dallas,TX – American Airlines Center †
12-04 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena ‡
12-05 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena ‡
12-06 Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum ‡
12-08 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena ‡
12-09 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center ‡
12-11 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena ‡
12-12 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena ‡
12-13 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena ‡
12-15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center ‡
12-16 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum ‡
12-17 Orlando, FL – Amway Center ‡
12-19 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center ‡
12-20 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center ‡
12-21 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center ‡

 

* With Cage The Elephant
† With Jake Bugg
‡ With St. Vincent

 

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