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Review of Magic Potion Album by Black Keys

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Black Keys Magic Potion Album

Magic Potion

Album Review

One man and his guitar, and a drummer with the stage presence and attack of Animal from the Muppets, The Black Keys have cool (and an analogue sound) that The White Stripes could only dream of. With that sound echoing the dirtiest blues you have ever heard and a funk that seems to target your gut rather than your head, the question was always whether the band would be one trick ponies.

Remarkably, they have kept it fresh way longer than The White Stripes did, despite sticking to the blues punk sound they first came up with (and keeping bass, or any other instrument, out of the mix). Magic Potion is the band's best studio album to date, pulling off the task of capturing the raw electricity that characterises their live sound, and throwing in some of the best songs the boys have penned.

This is real soul food throughout. Varying in pace, it stays hooked onto the pleasure button in your brain (or your groin) mercilessly. Anyone who has seen The Black Keys live has the music's visceral intensity burned into the memory - Magic Potion is the album that comes closest to that experience.

Rating 10/10

Mike Rea

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favian's picture


this is a fine example of bad journalism and bad critiquing. Its probably fashionable to bash the white stripes because they've achieved enormous success but it was only 10 years ago that they were in the same boat as the black keys, however there is no validity to claims such as "black keys did it first" (a simple comparative time line quickly shuts down this claim).Both bands are deeply rooted in the blues, and if you examined the stripes beyond a casual glance you would see that there is an enormous history of blues and folk that the white stripes are actually helping to perpetuate for future generations of Americans. Let me know when the black keys demonstrate a knowledge of son house, Robert Johnson and more. In the mean time, I'll entrust Mr. Jack White to continue the tradition of blues. And yes I'm a fan of the black keys but they are inferior.

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soulboy's picture


Great album!!

7 years 10 months ago
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