The Black Keys Release Second Single and Long-Awaited Album ‘Dropout Boogie’
Following the first single, “Wild Child,” from their new album Dropout Boogie, The Black Keys’ second track, “It Ain’t Over,” continues where the former left off, in a funky whirlwind of blues-rock, likely of garnering the Akron, Ohio duo a couple more Grammy nominations.
The album — written by Black Keys’ members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney — also brings in writing collaborators including Kings of Leon producer Angelo Petraglia, Memphis garage-rock maestro Greg Cartwright (of Reigning Sounds fame) and the legendary Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Its second single begins with somewhat of a slow-burn feel, and Auerbach listlessly belting out,
“You got a love that’s a real long shot / Breakin’ the bank for your new weed spot / And she comes around, you lay your money down,”
a couple of lines in before taking off into a truly Black Keys-esque style that evokes the heavy blues-rock the band was built upon.
Dropout Boogie‘s “Wild Child” set a high precedent for the entire record, topping both the AAA and Alt charts while reaching the top 15 on the Active chart within its first month, making it one of the band’s most successful radio singles to date. The Keys’ 11th studio album is a follow-up to last year’s, Grammy-nominated Delta Kream, becoming the outfit’s 14th Grammy nomination overall and its fifth consecutive record to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
The release of Dropout Boogie comes one day shy of the 20th anniversary of The Black Keys’ first record, The Big Comeup, and will be followed by a 32-date North American tour alongside special guests Band of Horses. The Dropout Boogie Tour, kicking off July 9 through October 18, will be the band’s first in three years and in support of its latest effort.
There is no question that The Keys have their work cut out for the better half of the year, but don’t expect anything less than stellar from the anniversary release, Dropout Boogie or it’s subsequent tour.