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Drummer Patrick Carney recently said the goal for the Black Keys' twelfth album was to have "fucking fun." Sounds like mission accomplished. If you've been waiting for Beck to make a sequel to Midnite Vultures, this might be as close as we get. He's pretty much a third member of the band on Ohio Players—co-writing and/or guesting on eight of the 14 songs. His SoCal sunshine (and backing vocals) can be heard on the relaxed fit of "This Is Nowhere" and freak-show single "Beautiful People (Stay Here)," a co-write with Dan the Automator that borrows the groove of "Feeling That Vibe" by Richard Mead. Beck takes the vocal lead on "Paper Crown," a thick slab of greased-up R&B decorated with deep bass, sassy Hammond, Moog, Vocoder and 808—and that's before Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J rolls in and brings the strut down to a cool, slow roll.

It's hard to say who's zoomin' who here, but something about the collision of Beck, Carney and Dan Auerbach brings out a wonderfully weird, playful side of the Black Keys. Delightful "Don't Let Me Go" melds Four Seasons-style pomp, mod garage rock and funk horns while "Read Em and Weep" gives Halloween haunted house vibes—with Beck on organ and Auerbach's revved-up surf guitar conjuring the spirit of teen-tragedy splatter platters (á la Jan and Dean's "Dead Man's Curve"). And it's not just Beck along for the ride.  "... It's a big Saturday night party record," Carney has said. "We just had people come through the studio and throw a little bit of special sauce at each song." The band also brought in Memphis horrorcore legend Lil Noid for sleazy-sounding "Candy and Her Friends." And Noel Gallagher—"We were referring to him as 'The Chord Lord' because he's just a perfectionist with it," Carney told NME—leaves his mark on three songs, including "Only Love Matters," a tight stomp meant for cutting a rug. The Oasis songwriter was apparently in a real dance mood; "You'll Pay" is hip-swiveling, Question Mark and the Mysterians cool, with Auerbach perfectly working his falsetto. Gallagher picks up backing vocals on both of those as well as "On the Game," a mellowed-out live take with a Derek and the Dominos feel. "Fever Tree"—another Beck joint—has a psyched-out stomp. Carney's drums are monstrous, and Auerbach's guitar is like a buzzsaw, on dangerous "Please Me (Till I'm Satisfied)." "I Forgot to Be Your Lover," meanwhile, is solid gold soul: Auerbach really sweats the line "And I'm sorry/ I'm so sorry" for the gritty cover of William Bell and Booker T. Jones' silky Stax single. There's apparently even more to look forward to: A rumored Alice Cooper song didn't make the album, but may be out later this year. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
This Is Nowhere
00:03:44

Beck Hansen, Writer - Sam Bacco, Cymbals, Tambourine, Congas, Shaker, Cowbell Percussion - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Beck, Backing Vocals - Mike Rojas, Piano, Moog, Mellotron - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Guitar, Tambourine, Writer, Moog, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Franky Fox, AssistantEngineer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Ray Jacildo, Hammond Organ, Piano - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - Andy Petr, AssistantEngineer - Travis Pavur, AssistantEngineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Zwiep, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

2
Don't Let Me Go
00:02:34

Beck Hansen, Writer - Ray Mason, Trombone, Trumpet - Sam Bacco, Additional Percussion, Tambourine, Congas, Shaker, Cowbell Percussion - Daniel Nakamura, Writer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Beck, Background Vocals - Mike Rojas, Strings, Mellotron - Dominic Glover, Writer - DAN THE AUTOMATOR, Producer - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Writer, Claps, Mellotron, Drum Machine Drums - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Jason Glover, Writer - Gary Crockett, Writer - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Ray Jacildo, Glockenspiel, Organ, Hammond Organ, Piano, Vibraphone, Moog, String Synthesizer, Wurlitzer Organ - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jake Botts, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

3
Beautiful People (Stay High)
00:02:47

Beck Hansen, Writer - Ray Mason, Trombone - Sam Bacco, Bells, Bongo Drums, Congas, Shaker - Daniel Nakamura, Writer - Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer - Beck, Background Vocals, Celeste Keyboards - Mike Rojas, Piano - DAN THE AUTOMATOR, Producer, Samples - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Guitar, Writer, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Leisa Hans, Background Vocals - Richard Mead, Writer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Chris St. Hilaire, Claps - Ashley Wilcoxson, Background Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Ray Jacildo, Piano, Wurlitzer Piano - Will Borza, Masterer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mixer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jake Botts, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer - Zach Gabbard, Backing Vocals, Claps

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

4
On The Game
00:04:02

Noel Gallagher, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Leon Michels, Guitar, Organ, Writer - Mike Rojas, Piano - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Guitar, Writer, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Liam Watson, RecordingEngineer - Leisa Hans, Background Vocals - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Ashley Wilcoxson, Background Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Trey Keller, AdditionalEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Background Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

5
Only Love Matters
00:03:22

Noel Gallagher, Writer, Background Vocals - Sam Bacco, Tambourine, Congas, Wood Block Percussion - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Leon Michels, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Organ, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, Baritone Saxophone, Mellotron - Mike Rojas, Piano - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Tambourine, Writer, Claps, Mellotron, Shaker, Cowbell Percussion, Drum Machine Drums - Liam Watson, RecordingEngineer - Franky Fox, AssistantEngineer - Leisa Hans, Background Vocals - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Ashley Wilcoxson, Background Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Ray Jacildo, Piano - Trey Keller, Background Vocals, AdditionalEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - Andy Petr, AssistantEngineer - Travis Pavur, AssistantEngineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Zwiep, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

6
Candy and Her Friends (feat. Lil Noid)
00:03:25

Sam Bacco, Chimes, Tambourine - Angelo Petraglia, Electric Guitar, Writer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Electric Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass, Moog, Claps, Mellotron, Shaker, Drum Machine Drums - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Writer, Moog, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Derrick Harris, Writer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Ray Jacildo, Harpsichord - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - Lil Noid, FeaturedArtist - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

7
I Forgot To Be Your Lover
00:02:27

Sam Bacco, Cymbals, Tambourine, Congas, Shaker, Wind Chimes - Booker T. Jones, Writer - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Mike Rojas, Piano - William Bell, Writer - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Franky Fox, AssistantEngineer - Tommy Brenneck, Guitar, Baritone Guitar - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Matt Combs, Strings - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Andy Petr, AssistantEngineer - Kelly Finnegan, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals - Travis Pavur, AssistantEngineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Zwiep, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer - Howie Weingberg, MasteringEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

8
Please Me (Till I’m Satisfied)
00:02:44

Sam Bacco, Cymbals, Congas, Cowbell Percussion - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Moog - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Writer, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Greg Cartwright, Writer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Chris St. Hilaire, Backing Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer - Zach Gabbard, Backing Vocals

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

9
You'll Pay
00:02:45

Noel Gallagher, Writer, Background Vocals - Sam Bacco, Bongo Drums, Tambourine, Shaker - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Leon Michels, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Piano, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, Baritone Saxophone, Marimba - Mike Rojas, Piano, Vibraphone, Wurlitzer - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Guitar, Tambourine, Writer, Moog, Claps, Shaker, Cowbell Percussion, Drum Machine Drums - Liam Watson, RecordingEngineer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Trey Keller, AdditionalEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

10
Paper Crown (feat. Beck and Juicy J)
00:04:17

Beck Hansen, Writer - Juicy J, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Sam Bacco, Additional Percussion, Tambourine, Congas, Shaker, Cowbell Percussion - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Beck, Guitar, Organ, FeaturedArtist - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass, Moog, Claps, Vocoder, Drum Machine Drums - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Writer, Moog, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Leisa Hans, Background Vocals - Michael "Crazy Mike" Foster, AdditionalEngineer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Ashley Wilcoxson, Background Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Aaron Frazer, Background Vocals - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

11
Live Till I Die
00:02:23

Beck Hansen, Writer - Sam Bacco, Congas, Shaker, Cowbell Percussion - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Beck, Background Vocals - Mike Rojas, Piano - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Writer, Drum Machine Drums - Leisa Hans, Background Vocals - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Ashley Wilcoxson, Background Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Ray Jacildo, Hammond Organ, Piano - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

12
Read Em And Weep
00:03:23

Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Leon Michels, Organ, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Beck, Organ, Synthesizer - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Tambourine, Writer, Synthesizer, Claps, Shaker, Drum Machine Drums - Franky Fox, AssistantEngineer - Greg Cartwright, Writer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Chris St. Hilaire, Backing Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - Andy Petr, AssistantEngineer - Travis Pavur, AssistantEngineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Zwiep, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer - Zach Gabbard, Backing Vocals

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

13
Fever Tree
00:03:05

Beck Hansen, Writer - Sam Bacco, Tambourine, Shaker, Wind Chimes, Cowbell Percussion, Gongs - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Beck, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Writer, Moog, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Franky Fox, AssistantEngineer - Leisa Hans, Background Vocals - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Ashley Wilcoxson, Background Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Trey Keller, AdditionalEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Andy Gabbard, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - Andy Petr, AssistantEngineer - Travis Pavur, AssistantEngineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Zwiep, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

14
Every Time You Leave
00:02:57

Beck Hansen, Writer - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Writer, Background Vocals, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Howie Weinberg, MasteringEngineer - Tom Bukovac, Guitar - Mark "Spike" Stent, MixingEngineer - Dan Auerbach, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Black Keys, Producer, MainArtist - Patrick Carney, Drums, Guitar, Writer, Claps, Drum Machine Drums - Franky Fox, AssistantEngineer - Leisa Hans, Background Vocals - Julian Burg, RecordingEngineer - Caleb VanBuskirk, AdditionalEngineer - Matt Tuggle, RecordingEngineer - Ashley Wilcoxson, Background Vocals - M. Allen Parker, RecordingEngineer - Will Borza, MasteringEngineer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer - Andy Petr, AssistantEngineer - Travis Pavur, AssistantEngineer - McKinley James, AssistantEngineer - Tyler Zwiep, AssistantEngineer - Jonny Ullman, AssistantEngineer

© 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2024 The Black Keys, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

Album review

Drummer Patrick Carney recently said the goal for the Black Keys' twelfth album was to have "fucking fun." Sounds like mission accomplished. If you've been waiting for Beck to make a sequel to Midnite Vultures, this might be as close as we get. He's pretty much a third member of the band on Ohio Players—co-writing and/or guesting on eight of the 14 songs. His SoCal sunshine (and backing vocals) can be heard on the relaxed fit of "This Is Nowhere" and freak-show single "Beautiful People (Stay Here)," a co-write with Dan the Automator that borrows the groove of "Feeling That Vibe" by Richard Mead. Beck takes the vocal lead on "Paper Crown," a thick slab of greased-up R&B decorated with deep bass, sassy Hammond, Moog, Vocoder and 808—and that's before Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J rolls in and brings the strut down to a cool, slow roll.

It's hard to say who's zoomin' who here, but something about the collision of Beck, Carney and Dan Auerbach brings out a wonderfully weird, playful side of the Black Keys. Delightful "Don't Let Me Go" melds Four Seasons-style pomp, mod garage rock and funk horns while "Read Em and Weep" gives Halloween haunted house vibes—with Beck on organ and Auerbach's revved-up surf guitar conjuring the spirit of teen-tragedy splatter platters (á la Jan and Dean's "Dead Man's Curve"). And it's not just Beck along for the ride.  "... It's a big Saturday night party record," Carney has said. "We just had people come through the studio and throw a little bit of special sauce at each song." The band also brought in Memphis horrorcore legend Lil Noid for sleazy-sounding "Candy and Her Friends." And Noel Gallagher—"We were referring to him as 'The Chord Lord' because he's just a perfectionist with it," Carney told NME—leaves his mark on three songs, including "Only Love Matters," a tight stomp meant for cutting a rug. The Oasis songwriter was apparently in a real dance mood; "You'll Pay" is hip-swiveling, Question Mark and the Mysterians cool, with Auerbach perfectly working his falsetto. Gallagher picks up backing vocals on both of those as well as "On the Game," a mellowed-out live take with a Derek and the Dominos feel. "Fever Tree"—another Beck joint—has a psyched-out stomp. Carney's drums are monstrous, and Auerbach's guitar is like a buzzsaw, on dangerous "Please Me (Till I'm Satisfied)." "I Forgot to Be Your Lover," meanwhile, is solid gold soul: Auerbach really sweats the line "And I'm sorry/ I'm so sorry" for the gritty cover of William Bell and Booker T. Jones' silky Stax single. There's apparently even more to look forward to: A rumored Alice Cooper song didn't make the album, but may be out later this year. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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