Record Time 4-1-08

Record Time 4-1-08

Check out new releases from The Black Keys, the Rolling Stones, and R.E.M..

Who knew the death of legendary Ike Turner would lead to such a poignant rock record?

The Black KeysAttack & Release is this creation. Rumor has it, Ike Turner, before his death late last year, wanted to put out a new album so he enlisted the help of none other than, Danger Mouse (half of Gnarls Barkley). Together, they decided the Black Keys had the sound they were looking for. Well, when Turner passed, The Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney thought, why not do our own album with Danger Mouse? The result is a tender yet strong, soulfully impeccable album.

Though Danger Mouse could be considered more of a master of electronic sound, the special nuances he adds to the guitar, drums, and occasional organ formula of The Black Keys tunes, give this album a genuine, heartfelt depth without alienating the band’s longtime fans. “Attack” opens with the gentle love song “All You Ever Wanted,” and quickly ruckuses into two trash-blues tracks indistinguishable from their early records. It’s not until the fourth track, “Psychotic Girl,” that you can truly hear Danger Mouse’s contribution. He lays a tender fiddle seamlessly over Carney’s smooth drum beat, then underlies the entire track with haunting “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” that make one feel as though they’re listening to a remake of a 200 year old folk song. This easy Sunday afternoon, sipping on lemonade feel is also apparent in the lazy slack-key guitar on “Remember When.” Never to worry though, this album is not entirely on the softer Black Keys side, it is however, soul/blues through and through. On “Same Old Thing,” Danger Mouse funks up Auerbach’s crunchy-motor guitar sound with a slight peppering of flute, as one would hear in a 70’s blacksplotation film. Rounding out the trio’s vision, Marc Ribot, who has played guitar on several albums from Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and John Zorn, sits in on several of the tracks, including slide guitar on “Oceans and Streams.” All in all, we should thank Ike Turner for The Black Keys/ Danger Mouse combo, for this album will resonate with timelessness, and help propel the Akron, Ohio duo even more into the spotlight, and into the realm of musical genius.

Though Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones live concert documentary, "Shine a Light" doesn’t hit IMAX theaters until this Friday; fans can get an audio preview of the rock gods’ performance on the soundtrack, which hit streets today. Recorded in 2006, at New York’s Beacon Theater, the deluxe edition of Shine a Light is a 2-disc set featuring 22 tracks. It includes every track from the film as well as four bonus tracks from the show that were not included in the film ("Paint It Black," "Little T & A," "Shine A Light," and "I'm Free"). It also features guest appearances by Buddy Guy, Jack White (the White Stripes, Raconteurs), and a chilling duet of “Live With Me” by Mick Jagger and the soulful Christina Aguilera.

R.E.M.'s first studio album in four years, Accelerate, finds modern rock's most acclaimed band returning to the stripped down, guitar-driven power that first enraptured fans. Helmed by the band and, for the first time, Jacknife Lee (co-producer of U2's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, The Hives and Snow Patrol), “Accelerate” puts the group once again firmly behind the wheel of alternative rock.

Black Keys review written by Deanna Savelle.