Brothers – ‘THE BLACK KEYS’

Our International Feature this week comes from THE BLACK KEYS, with their sixth full-length studio album, Brothers.  The record comes hot on the heels of other brilliant projects from The Black Keys following their 2008 Attack and Release effort, including Dan Auerbach’s solo effort, Keep It Hid, the debut LP from Patrick Carney’s band Drummer, and Blakroc, a collaboration between The Black Keys and renowned MCs including RZA, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Raekwon. 
Brothers was recorded largely at legendary Alabama studio Muscle Shoals, which has also produced legendary recordings from The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett, among many others, with additional recordings taking place at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron, OH and The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY.  Carney admits Brothers is the album they’ve always wanted to make and taps into their creative force as a duo. “Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we’re brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.” 
The album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song lead single “Tighten Up” and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The remaining songs on Brothers are written, performed and produced by The Black Keys. With the exception of a handful of tracks, co- production duties were handled by Mark Neill. The record was mixed by Tchad Blake.  Carney explains the sound the band wanted for this record: “We are big fans of Tchad Blake. The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present. The mixes he did for us on Blakroc impressed us so much we knew he had to mix Brothers.”
Also make sure you ckeck out this week’s superb Hoist feature, ‘Bliss Release’ from CLOUD CONTROL, as well as this week’s Sweet 16