On the Record: The Black Keys, Boris & More

By Bill Chenevert
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The Black Keys

El Camino

(Nonesuch)

Sounds Like: The duo’s seventh is scarily pursuing the Kings of Leon arc of success; keep getting louder and more successful till you sell out arenas.

Free Association: There’s a broke-ass ripoff of “Stairway to Heaven” on this record!

For Fans Of: White Stripes x Steppenwolf, Kills + Zeppelin, songs built for commercials.

 

Anthony Hamilton

Back To Love

(RCA)

Sounds Like: The R&B veteran (he’s 40) made a splash in 2003 and he’s been guesting all ova the place, but on his newest he flexes his soulful, gorgeous voice.

Free Association: Dopes like Trey Songz and Chris Brown need to take some notes.

For Fans Of: Jill Scott (“So In Love”), Marvin/Curtis/Teddy, slow jamz with heart.

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Stage Whisper

(Elektra)

Sounds Like: B-sides, demos and live cuts from the stellar Beck-produced “IRM” prove she’s more than just a gifted actress, she’s also got pipes and stage presence.

Free Association: Modern Jane Birkin and can do no wrong—recycle and reuse, girl.

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