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The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily

Album Review

Black Keys frontman’s “extra weird” solo project.

You’ll struggle these days to find a musician whose tastes are restricted to one genre. So it should come as no surprise that Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has used his new side-project to explore a mellower side to his muse, without the gritty backbeat of Patrick Carney beefing up the blues-rock quotient.

On 2009’s solo set Keep It Hid, Auerbach stuck to a conservative, acoustic-blues template, but around the same time, the Keys’ match-up with R&B producer du jour Damon Dash and a cast of hip-hop glitterati, under the monicker Blackroc, showed he was prepared to challenge himself and his audience.

However, this is a whole other bowl of jambalaya, one which Auerbach has called “extra weird” and “everything I love about music all wrapped up in one record”. It’s an album heavier on soul than blues in the traditional sense, with a sound considerably trippier than the hard, two-man assault of The Black Keys.

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