Magic Potion

The Black Keys – September 2006

There’s always a time in your life when all you need is plain, simple blues rock, am i right?

Magic Potion was recorded in an old, rigid, rusty dusty basement, and as guitarist and lead singer Dan Auerbach pointed out, the location contributed heavily to the outcome. Can you guess what that would be? That’s right, a vintage-like, rigid, rusty dusty album, filled with absolutely merciless guitar moves.

The Black Keys on their way to shredsville

What you get from this album is pretty simple: drums and guitar. But don’t get me wrong, it’s Drums and Guitar.

Songs like Your Touch or Goodbye Babylon can really shake you to the bone with warm, vibrant guitar riffs, while songs like The Flame invite you to pick up a glass of whisky, lay back and close your eyes.

Drummer Patrick Carney expressed his disappointment upon the release, saying the record lacks bass. Well how about that: no decent recording equipment, a basement studio, no bass, and The Black Keys still manage to single-handedly pull off this masterpiece of pure shredding along to drums.

Auerbach’s focus on the guitar, paired only with Carney’s incisive percussion make up for what is, in my opinion, one of the most beautifully simple albums ever released by the duo as of 2017.


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