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The Black Keys, The Jayhawks

CD Reviews: Brothers & The Bunkhouse Album

By Dan Nailen
Posted // May 18,2010 - MusicCDQuickHits_BlackKe_D7.jpgThe Black Keys, Brothers 3_5_stars.gif
One can’t help the feeling the mighty Black Keys are about to become a lot more popular. Besides upcoming tour dates with the likes of Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon and Flaming Lips, the 15 new tracks of gloriously soulful rock collected on Brothers is a big reason why. Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios, the album shows the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney expanding their sound in myriad directions without ever losing their lo-fi bluesy base. And the cover of Jerry Butler’s “Never Give You Up” is one of those tunes that burrows in your head and refuses to leave. And you’ll be glad of it.

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The Jayhawks
are one of those “shoulda been huge” bands, but their blend of country, folk and power-pop might have been just a little ahead of its time during the band’s late ‘80s and early ‘90s heyday. The harmony-lovin’ likes of Fleet Foxes and Local Natives certainly owe Jayhawks leaders Marc Olson and Gary Louris some props. This never-before-on-CD collection captures the first Jayhawks album in all its pedal-steel-steeped glory. Olson penned most of the tunes, but Louris’ unmistakable croon intertwines beautifully with Olson’s on songs like “Falling Star” and the hilarious “Let the Critics Wonder” and “Six Pack on the Dashboard.”

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