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The Black Keys — Weight of Love
Album: Turn Blue
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Released: 2014
Length: 6:44
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I used to think, darlin', you never did nothin'
But you were always up to somethin'
Always had a run in, yeah
I got to think those days are comin' to get ya
Now no body want to protect yah
They only want to forget yah

You'll be on my mind
Don't give yourself away
To the weight of love
You'll be on your side
Don't give yourself away
The weight of, weight of love

Dance all night cause people, they don't wanna be lonely
Never wanna be lonely
They don't wanna be an only - one
You had a thing no one could ever be sure of
Never ever had a pure love
And never no cure from

You'll be on my mind
Don't give yourself away
To the weight of love
You'll be on your side
Don't give yourself away
The weight of, weight of love
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One of, if not, their best. And yes, Floydian in the softer spots.
 lizardking wrote:
 rocklandlove wrote:

Definitely agree. Sounds like Nick Mason's famous drums on those early/midperiod records. And I bet that is intentional!
Proclivities wrote:


"Nick Mason's famous drums"?   Anyhow, everything Dan Auerbach does sounds flavored by some stew of 1960s and '70s music; it certainly seems intentional.
 
That's super funny, Proc (I think I've said that before!) - not sure if I've ever heard Nick Mason mentioned as a 'great' in the rock drumming world, not that he didn't have his moments ("One of These Days" and "Time" come to mind) - still, he's not as low as say Ringo in the "rankings" I'm guessing.  And 100% agreed that Auerbach does bring the retro vibe to his work...I've got this one at 8....Long Live RP!!
 

Nick Mason is not a chops monster, which never would have worked in Pink Floyd anyway. Like Ringo, he's famous for playing what the song requires rather than what brings attention to himself. But Nick's ride cymbal on "Us and Them," for instance, may be one of the most distinctive and, yes, famous such sounds in rock. 

Patrick Carney uses Paiste 2002 cymbals, which is what Nick Mason was using in the Dark Side era. So there's at least one reason why the drums sound like PF. 
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Instant 8 im gonna poop {#Whisper}
 
Funny how good music moves you.
Boy, does that sound like a Pink Floyd riff on guitar in the middle break there or what? 
Richard Swift (RIP) of the Shins was bassist on the Black Keys' 2014 tour.  
 rocklandlove wrote:

Definitely agree. Sounds like Nick Mason's famous drums on those early/midperiod records. And I bet that is intentional!
Proclivities wrote:


"Nick Mason's famous drums"?   Anyhow, everything Dan Auerbach does sounds flavored by some stew of 1960s and '70s music; it certainly seems intentional.
 
That's super funny, Proc (I think I've said that before!) - not sure if I've ever heard Nick Mason mentioned as a 'great' in the rock drumming world, not that he didn't have his moments ("One of These Days" and "Time" come to mind) - still, he's not as low as say Ringo in the "rankings" I'm guessing.  And 100% agreed that Auerbach does bring the retro vibe to his work...I've got this one at 8....Long Live RP!!
 rocklandlove wrote:

Definitely agree. Sounds like Nick Mason's famous drums on those early/midperiod records. And I bet that is intentional!
 

"Nick Mason's famous drums"?   Anyhow, everything Dan Auerbach does sounds flavored by some stew of 1960s and '70s music; it certainly seems intentional.
Instant 8 im gonna poop {#Whisper}
Very nice
 robertomiller wrote:
a vibe both classic and fresh, and done so very, very well… Moving.

 
Nice mid-song hooks too.   
 ppopp wrote:
Can't weight for this to be over. Sounds like angry wasps stuck in treacle.

 
What a heavy burden to bear.
Great song! Great group!
 sandracwalsh wrote:
Very "Dark Side of the Moon"-ish in the middle ... Still really good.

 
Definitely agree. Sounds like Nick Mason's famous drums on those early/midperiod records. And I bet that is intentional!
not a huge fan of the band but like this song a lot, there are different versions ....all good
wow this is beautiful
To me, the amped-out guitar sounds a bit like Jorma Kaukonen in old Jefferson Airplane songs (Good Shepherd, Saturday Afternoon).
Not long enough.

Not hearing the Pink Floyd resemblance, the guitar solo is all broadcaster/telecaster through a Hi-Watt Jeff Beck Yardbirds, with a little Allman Bros. doubling up on some parts. Overundersidewaysdown!
Very "Dark Side of the Moon"-ish in the middle ... Still really good.
Glad this is back, it's been missing from the rotation for too long.
Perfektes Lied fur arbeit
This is my fave bk song...kinda hypnotic
*immeasurably amplifier sounds of excessive projectile vomiting*
Careful with that guitar solo rip-off Eugene. 
{#Hearteyes} I love it{#Hearteyes}
{#Clap}
Dull, dull, dull...
 Springbok84 wrote:
Loved the guitar solo! {#Guitarist}

 
Yep, it's a heavy, heavy rock slammer — when I hear it come on, my hair still stands on end.  After seeing it live, it was revealed that the 2nd half "solo" is actually a note-for-note duet, a la 'Skynard as reinterpreted by Modest Mouse.  My earlier comments about the vastly larger band shouldn't be taken as a bad thing — no question about it, that new sound is wicked rich, like a fantastic chocolate fondue, buuuutttt it is a total departure from the roots stuff of the earlier 'Keys albums — I hope the change is of their choice.  Geez, just by the numbers alone, it sure seems like this new sound/band should be called "The New Black Mouse Keys."


Loved the guitar solo! {#Guitarist}
Superb {#Cowboy}
Suena bien {#Clap}
Can't weight for this to be over. Sounds like angry wasps stuck in treacle.
 jmsmy wrote:
Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care
Leave but don't leave me
Look around and choose your own ground

 
Was just chiming into say 'Pink Floyd called, they want their song back.'

Like the song though.
{#Bananajam}What A great music and song.!
Man these guys are great. Hadn't heard this one before. {#Guitarist}
My ears perk up and the ear buds go in when I hear The Black Keys playing.  Love their retro vibe. Great band.
 robertomiller wrote:
a vibe both classic and fresh, and done so very, very well… Moving.

 
AGREED!!!
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Might be my favorite keys tune.  They are awesome live, btw.

 
The guitar solos on this song are almost heart wrenching!!
 
Might be my favorite keys tune.  They are awesome live, btw.
 S-curvy wrote:

Yep, good album, great band, they deserve way more recognition than they are receiving, but I'm not sure the result would be good for the fans, especially the longtime fans who know all of their albums well.  She's Long Gone was a killer through and through — great performance!

I saw them in Oakland back in the late Fall.  I did enjoy the show, but I got a strange vibe from it:  None of the songs were extended, everything was played simply to completion, the verve was absent, audience engagement was almost non-existent, the Colesium was not close to full, the regional promo never really seemed that big, they played 90 minutes straight with no break and then took a long 20 minutes to come back for an encore — the fans weren't sure the encore would happen.  The neo-psychodaelic light show was good, and I appreciated that it wasn't anything bombastic, it was very restrained, almost to the point of being taut.  They had a show the following evening 2 hours away in Sacramento, so by 10:30pm they were done, and I get that; it must be very difficult to live that profession.

Earlier posts here noted possible discord amongst the ranks and if true I hope it passes positively.  This show was very different from their El Camino Tour.  It was much more commercial with the light show and an album that was far less edgy and risky than their previous 3 albums, they had several additional musicians including 2 guitars and a couple of female vocalists along with a keyboardist and percusionist — this was not the 2 guys from Akron, no way no how and it seems like the label may have gotten its fingers deeply into the pie.  The music the sound weren't "bad," it really made a much richer sound possible, but for longtime fans like me, it was a noticeable departure.

After listening to the new album a number of times, it is growing on me.  I really enjoy it a lot, little by little it is revealing itself and I'll probably like it on par with El Camino.

 
Well said.  I too wonder if the suits are getting a little too involved.
 RadioBow wrote:
Good album.  Great band.  Saw them last night in Atlanta.  Amazing show.  They sounded wonderful playing tracks from new and old albums and throwing in a cover of A Girl Like You.  Yet, what stole the show for me was She's Long Gone.  They killed it! 
 
Yep, good album, great band, they deserve way more recognition than they are receiving, but I'm not sure the result would be good for the fans, especially the longtime fans who know all of their albums well.  She's Long Gone was a killer through and through — great performance!

I saw them in Oakland back in the late Fall.  I did enjoy the show, but I got a strange vibe from it:  None of the songs were extended, everything was played simply to completion, the verve was absent, audience engagement was almost non-existent, the Colesium was not close to full, the regional promo never really seemed that big, they played 90 minutes straight with no break and then took a long 20 minutes to come back for an encore — the fans weren't sure the encore would happen.  The neo-psychodaelic light show was good, and I appreciated that it wasn't anything bombastic, it was very restrained, almost to the point of being taut.  They had a show the following evening 2 hours away in Sacramento, so by 10:30pm they were done, and I get that; it must be very difficult to live that profession.

Earlier posts here noted possible discord amongst the ranks and if true I hope it passes positively.  This show was very different from their El Camino Tour.  It was much more commercial with the light show and an album that was far less edgy and risky than their previous 3 albums, they had several additional musicians including 2 guitars and a couple of female vocalists along with a keyboardist and percusionist — this was not the 2 guys from Akron, no way no how and it seems like the label may have gotten its fingers deeply into the pie.  The music the sound weren't "bad," it really made a much richer sound possible, but for longtime fans like me, it was a noticeable departure.

After listening to the new album a number of times, it is growing on me.  I really enjoy it a lot, little by little it is revealing itself and I'll probably like it on par with El Camino.
a vibe both classic and fresh, and done so very, very well… Moving.
 RoxyRoo wrote:
god help me, I love that Black Keys tracks so hard it makes me want to curse!
 
Yep!{#Bananajam}
god help me, I love that Black Keys tracks so hard it makes me want to curse!
Good album.  Great band.  Saw them last night in Atlanta.  Amazing show.  They sounded wonderful playing tracks from new and old albums and throwing in a cover of A Girl Like You.  Yet, what stole the show for me was She's Long Gone.  They killed it! 
These guys have good rhythm and feel, Shame about the singing - like an oppressive mid-range spike . The guitar sound suffers similarly too. Very cynical production on any one of their tracks. Sounds like loudness wars at it's worst.
I like this song.  I like it a lot.
Quite Likeable, until the vocals kick in...to me, they have no weight.
 robin_at_domani wrote:

I absolutely agree.

 
As of right now!!
Yeah!
Saw them in Vegas the other month, great live band! Weight of Love kicked ass live!
Me likey like, very much.
{#Bananajam} 
Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care
Leave but don't leave me
Look around and choose your own ground
 GTT wrote:
At what point do these guys get recognized as one of the greats?

 
I absolutely agree.
At what point do these guys get recognized as one of the greats?
Horrible sound.
Reminds me of the direction that Spinal Tap took after Nigel Tufnel quit the band.
the whole album sounds like something one has heard before, but i like this air-ledzep-pink-flodish song.
"you take my hand, I'll take your hand...together we may get away...."  ---- intro sounds so much like Mr Young's Down By The River 
Sounds good. Almost sounds like air at times (between guitar jambs)
 Sloggydog wrote:
Ouch way too much positivity for this.  People saying they like this album best?  I am curious is there anyone out there saying that that already owned the back catalogue?  I sure don't know any and I know a lot of Black Keys fans.  This album would probably be an OK album by a band I didn't know but for a Black Keys album it is a disaster.  This is the highest I have rated anything from it and it makes 7.  Not good enough from a band that spent years knocking out tracks which to my ears are consistent 10's.
 

For your record-keeping, I love this album and I do have Brothers and El Camino in my collection.  El Camino was a distant third of the three in my opinion.

There are only a couple of tracks on this album that I will consistently skip.  It took a few listens through to appreciate it fully, but I've found that to be true for most of the albums I treasure.
 molson wrote:
This band is cutting edge fresh in a classic old style way, hard to explain. I think they are going to have a long shelf life like a Coldplay or a U2, at least I hope they do. I think they are only scratching the surface of their creativity and musical expression. we'll see?

 
You're comparing Coldplay and U2?  hmmm.  Even in terms of shelf life, I don't think there is a comparison, much less so for quality of music and their respective impacts on rock history or society.
like the psychodelic guitar at the end. Be surprised: this is an album released this year. Sounds much older
Likey
 fredriley wrote:

From what I've heard on RP, this is a much more mellow album compared to the BK's much crunchier rockissimo sound of previous albums, and does take some getting used to. El Camino was, and still is, one of my top 10 ever fave albums and I too have it in my car with the volume turned up to 11 and a smile like a Cheshire Cat on my ageing chops. Maybe the BKs thought it was time to try something a little less crunchy and a bit more psychedelic. I think I could get used to it with increased exposure, but it'll take a bit of time. It's still a good album, just not the crunchfest that previous albums have been.

 
I recently read that the boys were going through some really heavy personal stuff when this album was being written and produced. The songs are a bit darker. That kind of explains the lack of poppiness. 
 Sloggydog wrote:
Ouch way too much positivity for this.  People saying they like this album best?  I am curious is there anyone out there saying that that already owned the back catalogue?  I sure don't know any and I know a lot of Black Keys fans.  This album would probably be an OK album by a band I didn't know but for a Black Keys album it is a disaster.  This is the highest I have rated anything from it and it makes 7.  Not good enough from a band that spent years knocking out tracks which to my ears are consistent 10's.

I can't quite explain the level of disappointment at this album.  Bear in mind that as with the previous few albums I was sniffing about after this album for months in the lead up to its release.  When I did that with El Camino I drove round with the widest grin on my mouth ever the day it came out.  I didn't even go back home cause I just wanted to drive round the countryside with it playing loud in my car.  With this every time I hear something from it I feel a little more disappointed each time.

 
From what I've heard on RP, this is a much more mellow album compared to the BK's much crunchier rockissimo sound of previous albums, and does take some getting used to. El Camino was, and still is, one of my top 10 ever fave albums and I too have it in my car with the volume turned up to 11 and a smile like a Cheshire Cat on my ageing chops. Maybe the BKs thought it was time to try something a little less crunchy and a bit more psychedelic. I think I could get used to it with increased exposure, but it'll take a bit of time. It's still a good album, just not the crunchfest that previous albums have been.
Ouch way too much positivity for this.  People saying they like this album best?  I am curious is there anyone out there saying that that already owned the back catalogue?  I sure don't know any and I know a lot of Black Keys fans.  This album would probably be an OK album by a band I didn't know but for a Black Keys album it is a disaster.  This is the highest I have rated anything from it and it makes 7.  Not good enough from a band that spent years knocking out tracks which to my ears are consistent 10's.

I can't quite explain the level of disappointment at this album.  Bear in mind that as with the previous few albums I was sniffing about after this album for months in the lead up to its release.  When I did that with El Camino I drove round with the widest grin on my mouth ever the day it came out.  I didn't even go back home cause I just wanted to drive round the countryside with it playing loud in my car.  With this every time I hear something from it I feel a little more disappointed each time.
 IndyDoug wrote:
i could do without the Allman Bros. guitar solo.

 
LOL! I know what you mean. You might get a kick out of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCUTC_-y2Oo 
This band gets played wayyyyyyyyyyy too much on RP. The guy's voice is getting very old.
This band is cutting edge fresh in a classic old style way, hard to explain. I think they are going to have a long shelf life like a Coldplay or a U2, at least I hope they do. I think they are only scratching the surface of their creativity and musical expression. we'll see?
i could do without the Allman Bros. guitar solo.
Trippy. Could use about 60 minutes of this.

Easy 9. 
Theremin ?!
What do you get when you cross Neil Young's "Down by the River" with Wishbone Ash's "Throw Down the Sword". Wonderful cut!
Trip worthy album-been hitting replay a lot. The whole album is very good.
I always start my morning listening to music somewhat quietly in my office trying not to draw attention to myself, and then ultimately a song like this comes on and the volume is up, and it is not even 10 am.
I thought it may have been a live version of an Iron and Wine song starting!!!  (more rocky or course, but still, isn't there a Sam Beam song that sounds like the beginning)....Then I even thought it might be an I&W cover.
The Pink Floydish instrumentals are totally "Speak To Me/Breathe" from Dark Side of the Moon.
 fredriley wrote:

True enough. From what I've heard of this album, it's less crunchy and more psychedelic than its predecessors. There is still crunch, mind, just not the bag of walnuts crunchiness of El Camino, more a bowl of cashews... 8 from the Nottingham jury for Ohio's finest.



 

You're nuts Milord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAQDW3dt1Ec


This song is intense.
Reminds me of Flaming Lips doing Pink Floyd. In a bathtub. On Mars.
Pick this up, head out to one of your favorite roads at sunset, put it on and go for a cruise.
 maxjboxer wrote:
Getting a Pink Floyd vibe off the instrumental parts.
 

 
True enough. From what I've heard of this album, it's less crunchy and more psychedelic than its predecessors. There is still crunch, mind, just not the bag of walnuts crunchiness of El Camino, more a bowl of cashews... 8 from the Nottingham jury for Ohio's finest.


Best song on their best album so far
When I first heard the lead in of this song I thought someone was covering NY's "Down By The River".
 black321 wrote:
Hey, did this band make enough off its previous albums to finally take some music lessons? 

 wow, really?...I think you should go back and listen to a few of their early ones...


 maxjboxer wrote:
Getting a Pink Floyd vibe off the instrumental parts.
 
Exactly.  I was playing this in the car the other day, and my friend immediately asked if it was Pink Floyd.  Understandable assumption since the tag on my car is "PK FLYD"
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Getting a Pink Floyd vibe off the instrumental parts.
 
Very nice! Great guitar and tight riffs 
Hey, did this band make enough off its previous albums to finally take some music lessons? 
This here, is an amazing song.  Better than the "Fever" song that they have been promoting.  That is a particularly weak song.  This lovely piece more than makes up for it.  Good album.
I like it, but it reminded me of Steve Hackett era Genesis during the guitar solo.  That's a compliment. 
Surprisingly Neil-youngy for the Black Keys.
Love -Turn Blue- This is the top song on the album. If The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had a love child and it was raised by Pearl Jam it would be the Black Keys. Thanks Bill for spinning the good stuff. 
 tcdc52 wrote:
I read a review of the album on Amazon that said it was same-o same-0 but this song is just downright sweet! I think I'll go out and buy the album. Dancers dance and critics criticize. I'd rather dance!

 
I highly recomend it,  it is the only thing I been listening to the past week
I read a review of the album on Amazon that said it was same-o same-0 but this song is just downright sweet! I think I'll go out and buy the album. Dancers dance and critics criticize. I'd rather dance!
Wailing lead guitar!  Nice.
Great CD and Great Song to Kick it off!!!!