The Black KeysEl Camino

Label:Nonesuch – 529099-1
Vinyl, LP, Album
CD, Album
Genre:Rock, Blues
Style:Blues Rock, Alternative Rock, Garage Rock


A1Lonely Boy3:13
A2Dead And Gone3:41
A3Gold On The Ceiling3:44
A4Little Black Submarines4:11
A5Money Maker2:57
B1Run Right Back3:17
B3Hell Of A Season3:45
B4Stop Stop3:30
B5Nova Baby3:27
B6Mind Eraser3:15
CD-1Lonely Boy3:13
CD-2Dead And Gone3:41
CD-3Gold On The Ceiling3:44
CD-4Little Black Submarines4:11
CD-5Money Maker2:57
CD-6Run Right Back3:17
CD-8Hell Of A Season3:45
CD-9Stop Stop3:30
CD-10Nova Baby3:27
CD-11Mind Eraser3:15

Companies, etc.



Includes poster, the record comes in gatefold tip-on sleeve, the CD comes in a cardboard sleeve.

Nonesuch Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company [...] ℗ & © 2011 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

All songs published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI),
Administered by Wixen Music | Sweet Science|Copyright Control (ASCAP)

All songs recorded at Easy Eye Sound, Spring 2011

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 75597 96333 5
  • Barcode (Scanned (UPC_A)): 075597963335
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 529099-1-A BG P. USA -23568-
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 529099-1-B BG P. USA -23568-
  • Other (Bonus CD catalog number): STCD 400162
  • Matrix / Runout (CD matrix, Variant 1): X36795 1 529099-2 TEXT 01 M1S10
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi L902
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U8K
  • Matrix / Runout (CD matrix, Variant 2): X36795 1 529099-2 TEXT 01 M1S8
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi L902
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U8B
  • Matrix / Runout (CD matrix, Variant 3): X36795 1 529099-2 TEXT 01 M1S9
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 2UBH
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi L902
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
El Camino (CD, Album)Nonesuch529099-2US2011
El Camino (CD, Album, Stereo)Nonesuch, Nonesuch7559-79633-1, 7559796331Europe2011
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El Camino (CD, Album)Nonesuch, Warner Music Mexico529099-2Mexico2011
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El Camino (CD, Album)Nonesuch7559796331Brazil2011
El Camino (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Nonesuch529099-1USA & Canada2011



  • renegadeviking's avatar
    The Black Keys are finally at the top of their game and getting the recognition they deserve. At first, there was a host of competition in the throwback garage rock scene. With bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes taking the early lead, The Black Keys quietly released records. First came 2002's "The Big Come Up." Then it was 2003's "Thickfreakness" followed "Rubber Factory" in 2004. Dan Auerbach's gritty guitar playing and vocals with just a touch of feedback and slapback delay proved to blend perfectly with Patrick Carney's heavy-handed and even heavier footed drumming. Although they weren't quite selling out arenas or headlining festivals just yet, each of their records was praised by critics.

    In 2008, the producer Danger Mouse stepped in and took The Black Keys to new places. Although many critics and fans alike consider the resulting album, "Attack & Release," the worst album The Black Keys have released to date, Danger Mouse's fame after working with the likes of Gorillaz and Gnarls Barkley took The Black Keys to the next level. Now it's nearly impossible to watch an hour of television without seeing at least one commercial with a song by The Black Keys in the background.

    Generally considered a two-piece band, The Black Keys began to add instruments to their mix on 2010's "Brothers," their most successful album yet.

    With nearly an hour of music on the record, Auerbach and Carney brought in organs and bass guitar to fill out their sound. Although they could no longer perform all of their songs live without the aid of a backing band, The Black Keys went on to win three Grammy Awards while being nominated for two more. With other bands in their genre fading away in listeners' memories, The Black Keys are finally on top.

    Where many bands would ride the wave of their newfound success as far as it would take them, The Black Keys are looking to rise even higher. "El Camino" pulls together everything that worked on their last two albums and combines them for a fast, fun and fantastic new release.

    Danger Mouse is back as a full-time producer on "El Camino" and where he may have fallen a bit short on "Attack & Release," he completely redeems himself here. Thanks to The Black Keys bringing their supporting instruments along for the ride following the success of "Brothers," the added effects in the background created by Danger Mouse are far less distracting and much less present than they were three years ago; in fact they blend right in. The Black Keys' immense popularity likely also kept Danger Mouse from wanting to take too many creative liberties with the band's sound.

    Opening with the lead single, "Lonely Boy," "El Camino" feels like a party that is already at its peak. With an accompanying video that features a well-dressed middle-aged man showing off every hip-shaking dance move he has ever learned (including "The Carlton"), it's clear The Black Keys have become absolute professionals when it comes to marketing themselves. They know what sells and they know what their fans love so "El Camino" gives them eleven new favorites to choose from.

    "Dead and Gone," with its backing vocals, tremolo guitars and xylophone accents, shows off the Danger Mouse element perfectly. Fresh off a project titled "Rome" with Italian composer Daniele Luppi, Danger Mouse has always been a fan of the Italian western.

    Although he doesn't quite transform "Dead and Gone" into another "spaghetti western," there are familiar elements that link "El Camino" to "Rome."
    Tracks like "Gold on the Ceiling," "Run Right Back," and "Sister" each keep the good times rolling with a combination of snappy beats and witty lyrics.

    In fact, "El Camino" is probably the funniest album by The Black Keys to date. Sure, they've had their clever moments, but with lines like "Well she's such a special thing, she doesn't read too much, but there's no doubt she's written about" it's hard not to come away from this album grinning.

    The dark horse in the race to the top of the singles charts on this record is "Little Black Submarines."

    As the only song on the record to top four minutes, it takes some time to get going with a two minute acoustic introduction, but as soon as Patrick Carney begins to slam sticks against his drum heads, the track blossoms into a classic Black Keys jam.

    "El Camino" is the most fun you'll have listening to a Black Keys album. The songs are relatively short and with the exception of "Little Black Submarines," each one dives head first into a new catchy hook. "Brothers" offered up more diversity than you'll find here, but now that The Black Keys are on top, "El Camino" will ensure they stay there for the time being.

    Track Suggestion: "Gold on the Ceiling"
    • andreaboi's avatar
      Edited 9 months ago
      Awful to listen even if the music is good. Too much noise. I understand looks it's their style but that lo-fi distortion and noise is pure crap. The bass response seem to be weak in both digital/vinyl versions. The Bernie Grundman Mastering is a waste, the recording is really at low quality.
      • kennice's avatar
        Black Keys are psychedelic rock for people who don't know that they actually enjoy psychedelic rock. Also I knocked Firestone out of the state playoffs with a sweet ass goal back in the day.
        • numero_atomico's avatar
          Little Black Submarine is a great track.
          Beside that, bass disappear on side-A of the vinyl pressing.
          Side-B sound far better but still poorer than digital…
          I expected higher pressing quality from such rock band
          • jmaguirre's avatar
            The record sounds fine, not awesome. Great band and great songs. Althought in this album they started to change their music, I definitely like it as I have always like The Black Keys.
            • CJB1972's avatar
              Damn,tough critics out there.
              My review is for this particular pressing and in my opinion sounds amazing..says right on the cover to Play Loud and when you do you will hear
              just how impressive it is.Bernie always delivers!
              • Carlitos2202's avatar
                What a mediocre album, definitely not worth it all. Very commercial, basic, easy listening, it does not trascends in any aspect.
                • colejensen's avatar
                  The sound quality on this to me is mediocre like some others have said. Some songs sound good to me like Little Black Submarines and Sister, while Gold on the Ceiling doesn't sound that great. Despite this having a lot of big hits on it this probably one of my least favorite albums of theirs.
                  • nikola.jovicic1764's avatar
                    I had to return the first copy since it was very warped. The replacement is a good record overall. Not the greatest, but it is a good sounding record.
                    • JonnyRez81's avatar
                      I recently ordered this album from Nonesuch Records and my package did not include the CD within the gate fold. Not really a problem for me as I was more interested in the vinyl than the CD, but posting this in case anyone else receives the same on their order.


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