Lately I’ve been digging on the bluesy rock of Dan Auerbach, one half of The Black Keys. Auerbach took time out of his Black Keys’ fame in 2009 to release his solo album Keep It Hid. The album was recorded live which is felt in the grit and authenticity of the sound. In comparison to the Keys’ music, Auerbach administers a distinctly healthier dose of blues and soul, notably in tracks like Heartbroken, In Disrepair.
God may forgive me, but that’s not enough’ Cause I gotta live with myself, till I’m dust Just walk on by, if we pass on the street Sometimes in battle, it’s best to retreat Searching for light, gasping for air Heartbroken, in disrepair”
Auerbach chooses a minimalist approach with the lyrics on this track. Instead, the last third of the track is dedicated pain-driven guitar riffs that somehow speak louder than the lyrics themselves. I’ve had it on repeat for a few days, each time feeling a little more of the determination and a little less of the hopelessness.
Bonus video. Check out Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney‘s thumping, garage-rock revival off the latest album El Camino. Make your own comparison.