Keep It Hid

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  • Summary: This is the solo debut album for the Black Keys singer/guitarist.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
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  1. Auerbach delivers the goods with spooky, sleazy and soulful style.
  2. Auerbach moves flawlessly through all of his favorite frames of references. [Mar 2009, p.112]
  3. 84
    While Auerbach may or may not be keeping anything removed from sight, what he's revealed so far will keep us coming back for more. [Winter 2009, p.92]
  4. By the time he gets to the whiskey-soaked lament 'Whispered Words' you'll be wishing you had a back porch. [Mar 2009, p.93]
  5. Spun-out psychedelia, world-weary Appalachian bluegrass and soulful blues make up his first solo album, proving that in the right hands, nostalgia can become a delicate, authentic rediscovery rather than the clunky retread that so many settle for.
  6. 70
    Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach opens his first solo outing with an acoustic country blues that sounds utterly authentic but signifies mainly as a museum-quality reproduction. Fortunately, the rest of Keep It Hid hews more closely to the Keys’ scuzz-encrusted, blunt-instrument assault.
  7. 60
    Keep It Hid is guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach’s affirmation of ragged principles, self-recorded with blunt, squawky ax-picking and loving lo-fi grit. The sentiments can be snoozily familiar.

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  1. CPD
    Mar 17, 2011
    10
    One of the most well balanced albums I've ever heard. With a great variety of instrumentation and style, while managing to keep each song asOne of the most well balanced albums I've ever heard. With a great variety of instrumentation and style, while managing to keep each song as soulful and memorable as the last, Keep It Hid has easily shot up into my top 5 albums. Expand
  2. Ahmad
    May 5, 2009
    10
    Don't compare this album to a Black Keys album, there is a reason it wasn't released as such. Take this album as a Dan Auerbach Don't compare this album to a Black Keys album, there is a reason it wasn't released as such. Take this album as a Dan Auerbach album and take it for what it is...spectacular. Listen to it twice and there isn't a skippable track. Up and down this is a very solid album. However if you're going to compare it to a Keys album, you'll probably find it a little too laid back. Expand
  3. JonathanE
    Feb 11, 2009
    9
    Excellent, a progression of what he does on the records with the Black Keys.
  4. IlyaR
    Feb 13, 2009
    9
    Astounding variety...Auerbach reminds me why, despite the innovation and creativity that continues to permeate "rock" music, 70's Astounding variety...Auerbach reminds me why, despite the innovation and creativity that continues to permeate "rock" music, 70's guitar/blues rock is somehow the most heartfelt and soulful music out there. At least when he composes it. Expand
  5. May 27, 2011
    9
    This record is cream-in-your-mandolorian-armor good. Heartbroken In Disrepair, The Prowl, I Want Some More and even the softer When The NightThis record is cream-in-your-mandolorian-armor good. Heartbroken In Disrepair, The Prowl, I Want Some More and even the softer When The Night Comes stand out. I wish that whenever I walked into a place with a lot of sexy chicas, from 2:06 to 3:10 in Heartbroken In Disrepair would be playing in the background as I strut slowly and make eye contact with each one. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2011
    9
    It's real.

    Auerbach shows off both his playing, arrangement and engineering skills on a thoroughly enjoyable solo album. Retrospective and
    It's real.

    Auerbach shows off both his playing, arrangement and engineering skills on a thoroughly enjoyable solo album. Retrospective and mournful with a confident, cool swagger.
    Each sound in every song seems to be carefully chosen, their textures both colliding and seeping into one another beautifully for the vocals to sit comfortably in.
    Hats off to the brilliant variety of drum sounds (The Prowl is a personal favourite, that snare!).
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