Auerbach commences Keep It Hid by emphasizing the solo aspect, strumming an acoustic guitar and singing plaintively about how his troubles weigh a ton. At age 29, Auerbach sounds as though the troubles he's seen are considerable and hang heavily upon his slender shoulders. But then, when you steep yourself in the electric blues, that posture comes naturally. The thing about Auerbach is that he doesn't wallow in either misery or menace — he doesn't overdo the drama inherent in the musical choices he makes.
Where other performers might strive for authenticity in the form of anguished cries and tremulous guitar solos, Auerbach takes a different tack. He approaches a song such as "Heartbroken, in Disrepair" with a lusty energy, as though the subject matter of unhappiness exhilarates him — he gets off on the performance of heartbrokenness. It took Akron, Ohio duo The Black Keys over a decade of playing together as a two-piece to countenance any kind of major change. During this process, Cesare became a key collaborator on the material that was to become Keep It Hid , playing the majority of the drums on the finished album, while Neill engineered it.
The sounds are perfectly balanced so you can record by playing live. It has the tape machines I want, the recording console that I want, the microphones that I want. I could stay in there all day, sometimes. I just love the sound and the idea of playing in a room with other people, which is what the majority of the record is. Image: Nonesuch Records. Confusingly enough, while Auerbach toured it, Carney formed a side project along with four other Ohio-based skinbeaters called Drummer, in which he played bass.
Mustering his family and friends around him in this new environment, playing and harmonising with his guitarist uncle John Quine and even co-writing with his father on Whispered Words Pretty Lies , Auerbach whittled down a stockpile of songs mostly written on the road into a sprawling track sequence, with one Wayne Carson cover. The guitar Auerbach is cradling on the cover is a Tesico Del Rey ET and the fact that the charms of Teisco, Silvertone , Guild and Harmony were rediscovered at all is mostly down to White and Auerbach popularising them.
Thank you! Welcome to Nonesuch's mailing list. Customize your notifications for tour dates near your hometown, birthday wishes, or special discounts in our online store! Please fill out the correct information. Postal Code. Helena St. First name. Last name. Nonesuch Records. Search form Search. You are here Home. Keep It Hid. Track Listing. I am starting to buy some of the Black Keys back catalogue as we speak. And not mentioning that in this time, he has the collaboration of a entire set of great musicians on bass, drums, keyboards, second guitar and other instruments - some of which are Dan's relatives and family - who fills the environment whit new fresh experimental bluesy songs.
But well, now the black keys are using back up musicians on bass and keyboard as well, but nontheless the style is quite different between the black keys - because of an element called Patrick Carney - and this Dan Auerbach's solo project.
This is a fantastic LP and you can tell Dan Auerbach gave a crap to make sure this vinyl was top quality.
I loved this album on iTunes and the nuances the vinyl picks up was immensely gratifying. Loved it so much, I bought it for a friend. I am mostly a metal guy, but I can appreciate real talent. Guys like Dan Auerbach really impress me with their ability to be almost like a chameleon. Just when you think you have them figured out, they shift gears and hit you with something from left field.
I stumbled over this gem not in the Black Keys vinyl section, but in the Junior Kimbrough vinyl section! Talk about a nice little surprise! I never knew about this album, since I was lucky enough to discover the BK around the same time this LP was released. I love the Black Keys and this album is everything and more that you can expect from Dan Auerbach, if you are also a fan.
Loved it. As a Black Keys fan, this was a must for me. I continue to be in awe of the talent of Dan Auerbach. The raw, smoldering sound, the lyrics That day is coming though In May I went to their concert and they blew the roof off the place.
Yes, get the cd, but make a point of seeing them if you are lucky enough for them to come by your town. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Arrived quickly and a great mixed album. Complements his recent release with the Arcs but perhaps a little less psychedelic. Prolific quality song writing at the moment.
Great array of influences, eras and styles. Especially like whispered words and wouldn't be surprised to hear 'goin' home' closing a film sometime in the future. Every bit as solid an effort as some of the best of The Black Keys output. I initially held off even listening to this one, assuming some sparce set of demos or cast off's. Not so, this is a quality album and an absolute link to where he would go with Brothers under The Black Keys banner.
Essential to the Black Keys fan. This is a strong album, almost great, but let down by a couple of average tracks. Definitely worth a purchase if you are a fan of the Black Keys or like older 70s sounding garage bands. I only enjoyed a few songs. The mixture of songs was strange. Report abuse.
Absolutely beautifully crafted album by a very gifted musician. This is a fantastic array of songs some with a lot gentler nuance than The Black Keys.