Never too late to rock 'n' roll

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 January, 2012, 12:00am


Black Keys' seventh studio album, El Camino, is a throwback to the best America has offered: the music is a throwback to good old American rock 'n' roll; the album title to American cars - more specifically the General Motors vehicle produced intermittently from the 60s to late 80s.

El Camino is a classic rock album that sounds almost as if it were created in the golden age of rock 'n' roll. In that sense it's as if the album is only 50 years late to the party - that is, fashionably late.

The first single Lonely Boy is an absolute gem. With the psychedelic keyboard, anthemic feel and catchy lyrics, it'll certainly have you singing along to the chorus. Sister has a stripped-down simplicity about it, making it one of the more contemporary tracks on the album. The vocal-heavy Little Black Submarine starts soft then morphs into a guitar-heavy, hard rock track. Moneymaker has perhaps the sexiest guitar riff you've heard in a while.

The vocals have an uncanny resemblance Jim Morrison and The Doors. (For those that don't know, that's a good thing.)

The pride of Akron, Ohio (though now based in Nashville), have set the bar high for rock 'n' roll enthusiasts. They've put out an 11-track album that will be talked about for a long time.

And, in the process, they prove that rock 'n' roll is not dead. Not by a long shot.