El Camino


El Camino  is the seventh studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys.  It was co-produced by Danger Mouse and the group, and was released on Nonesuch Records on December 6, 2011.  The record was the follow-up to the band’s commercial breakthrough, Brothers (2010), and was their third collaboration with Danger Mouse.  At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, El Camino won the award for Best Rock Album, while “Lonely Boy” received honors for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.  The album has sold 1.4 million copies in the US to date.   (More from Wikipedia)
Of course, the other side of the complaint I mentioned above is that, sure enough, “they do still make ’em like they used to” from time to time.  I heard an ad on VH1 the other day that used a killer track by the Black Keys as the background music.  Their most recent album El Camino seems to be every bit as good as their Grammy-winning 2010 album Brothers
(January 2012)
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The king of all of the new garage-y bands is probably the duo the Black Keys.  For the 2013 Grammy Awards next month, they have five nominations derived from their most recent album, El Camino
(January 2013)
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Each album by the Black Keys seemed to be more popular than the one before, with 2010’s Brothers (and its top single “Tighten Up”) winning three Grammys and a #2 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the best albums of 2011; El Camino (2012) leading to the band’s first arena tour; and their eighth and most recent album (and third collaboration with Danger Mouse), Turn Blue (2014) reaching the top of the album charts in the US, Canada, and Australia.  
Besides his work with the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach has had several side projects and has released two solo albums. He handled the production duties for the three albums by past UARB Hacienda. From Wikipedia: “In addition to winning several Grammy Awards as a member of the Black Keys, Auerbach received the 2013 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for co-producing his band’s 2011 album, El Camino, and for producing records by Dr. John (Locked Down) and Hacienda.” 
(June 2017)

Last edited: March 22, 2021