The Black Keys, Chulahoma

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Few bands do greasy new blues better than Ohio's Black Keys. On Chulahoma, they expand on their sound without straying too far from their time-tested sonic template. The record opens low and quiet, a slow grimy strum and Dan Auerbach's high, lonesome vocal riding over a simple, thumping backbeat. "Meet Me in the City" has a slow, edgy thump moving out of blues territory and approaching the measured ache of classic soul. Black Keys move across genres with ease, and Chulahoma is another fine testament to their wounded beauty.