The Black Keys - Dropout Boogie
At the time of the release of "Dropout Boggie" it had been 20 years since the two college dropouts and old blues enthusiasts Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded their debut album on an old eight-track machine in their basement. It sounded like a relict from the past, partially because that’s what they wanted to sound like, partially because they simply couldn’t afford more up-to-date equipment. Restrictions that would soon go away. With Danger Mouse’s help they would go on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, armed with arena-ready anthems that would also work very well in commercials. A lot of commercials. “Dropout Boogie” was expected to be a back-to-the-roots record after last year’s tribute album to their beloved Mississippi delta blues. And yes, there are some really dusty blues riffs, but there are also some of those big hooks, making them sound retro and modern at the same time. Or is that the same thing anyway? This is a band that knows what they’re good at and they seem to be pretty content with that. Why wouldn’t they? I’m sure they wouldn’t have said no to this career when they were jamming in their basement 20 years ago.