The Black Keys are back: ‘Let’s Rock’ Review


Picture: The Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach. Picture by NRK P3. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

By Franklin Heinzmann

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – On June 28, 2019, The Black Keys released their latest album ‘Let’s Rock,’ which ended a five-year hiatus.  The album features songs that only add to The Black Keys’ collection of hits that already features “Gold on the Ceiling,” “Lonely Boy,” and “Howlin’ for You,” of which those have combined for more than 500 million plays combined on Spotify.

It all started on March 7, when the rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney shocked fans everywhere when they released “Lo/Hi,” the first single off‘Let’s Rock,’ seemingly out of nowhere. Fans couldn’t get enough of it. On May 18, “Lo/Hi” simultaneously held the top spot on four different Billboard charts: Alternative Songs, Mainstream Rock Songs, Adult Alternative Songs, and Rock Airplay. It was the first time in history that a song had accomplished this feat.

The release of “Lo/Hi” as well as “Eagle Birds” and “Go,” the other two singles released in anticipation of the album’s release, set the standard high for ‘Let’s Rock.’ They shattered it. The album reached number one on the Top Current Albums chart, and has been on the chart for the past eight weeks.

“Let’s Rock” is a quintessential album The Black Keys album. There is something for all different fans of rock in just 12 songs. If you like loud fuzzy guitar riffs, you’ll hear that on “Shine A Little Light,” and “Under The Gun.” If you like songs that tug at the heart, you get that in “Walk Across The Water” among others. If you like songs that are have a vintage sound “Sit Around and Miss You” and “Get Yourself Together” are the go-to songs for that. These deep tracks are all in addition to the chart topping singles that you’ve probably heard on the radio by now.

The Black Keys will be starting a tour on Sept. 21 that supports “Let’s Rock.” The closest they’ll come to NU is when they play at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. on Oct 9.


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