Black Keys - Chulahoma
– The Songs Of Junior Kimbrough - (Fat
Reviewed by G.P Throat May 2005
is an EP with a difference!
Straight from the heart of singer Dan Auberch. An honest tribute
to his inspiration.
It doesn’t feel like the record is designed to be used as
a vehicle for the band themselves, just something that they love
to do (maybe what Clapton was intending with the
Robert Johnson thing, but failed). They could probably
quite easily have come up with a double album in the same vein,
but I don’t think that would have helped their career too
The liner notes (written by Auberch) are an honest and integral
part to the whole concept of the EP. No pretensions, just a music
fans account of how he became hooked on an artist and what it meant
Their interpretation of Kimbroughs’ work is, as ever, second
to none (as confirmed by Juniors’ wife in a secret clip).
Gritty, sometimes uncontrollable guitars and hypnotic riffs, Coupled
with Auberchs growling and soulful delivery create a sound that
no other band could imitate.
There isn’t really a standout track, and it doesn’t
really need one.
The 6 songs flow effortlessly into one another and despite the harsh
guitar sounds, pounding drums and rasping vocals, there is a strange
beauty to the whole thing.
There is an overwhelming sense of maturity in these tracks that
I think was lacking in the last album (Rubber
Factory), hopefully something the band will develop
on their next recording.
It’s a must have for any Black Keys fan and will open up a
whole different road for any Blues fan new to this branch of the
Basically, this EP is what the duo were born to do. No tricks, no
hype, no ego’s, just good honest blues music played with passion.