Turn Blue

The Black Keys recently performed a live session at BBC Studios for Zane Lowe, where they debuted a new song off their upcoming album, Turn Blue, titled “Bullet In The Brain.” We’ve already heard “Fever” and the title track, making this the third song we’ve heard from the Danger Mouse-produced album. Listen to it below.

Turn Blue is out 5/13 via Nonesuch.

Comments (10)
  1. I know we’ve already beaten it to death, but at the risk of milking a dead cow: God dammit Danger Mouse overproduces shit to death!!!!

    This sounds like it has the makings of a great track in anyone else’s hands.

    Mouserat > Danger Mouse > DeadMau5

    • Moderat > everything.

    • I would like to know what you mean by “overproduce”.

      • I’m going to go ahead and butt in here because beating dead horses is my bread and butter. Danger Mouse takes every band’s sound and turns it into Danger Mouse’s sound. Rather than “said band produced by Danger Mouse” it always sounds like “Danger Mouse featuring the lead singer of said band”. That, to me at least, is how Danger Mouse overproduces everything he works on.

        The Black Keys, for instance, used to be a no nonsense (much nonsense?) rock and roll band, with very few sonic embellishments. Danger Mouse loooooves sonic embellishments – to the point where it sounds like the songs were made on a production line. The final product – Danger Mouse featuring Dan Auerbach. With Danger Mouse at the helm, Carney could be replaced by just about anyone.

        • what he said.

        • Pretty much my opinion. It all began with Sparklehorse’s Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain, which has a few good songs but retained none of what had made the music of Mark Linkous so touching. Then, when you listen to Dark Night of the Soul, though there are many contributors, their performances end up being all washed out in the production. Then, Danger Mouse basically killed James Mercer. Everything I liked about the Shins disappeared after they made the first Broken Bells album together. The worst thing with Danger Mouse is that once you’ve worked with him, it will transpire on your future works even when he does not produce it.

  2. Since this is a live session, how has Danger Mouse overproduced it exactly?

  3. In my instance, I was referring to the DM Black Keys stuff in general. I actually had not listened to the song posted here. Comment semi-retracted.

  4. Of the three songs that they’ve released thus far I like this one the most, however I was a little disappointed when I read that they use more keyboards in this album than any previous album.

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