I haven't been active around here for a while until recently. I've been a big fan since I first was exposed to the keys. That said, after Brothers and the first time I heard Lonely Boy I had unofficially boycotted the band.
However, the other day I broke down and bought El Camino.
I must say I am pleasantly surprised.
I still don't think it sounds like The Black Keys, I still think it is overproduced, I am sick of hearing Miley Cyrus on the keyboard and/or xylophone or whatever instrument Sleigh Bells is currently using most. Mostly I am REALLY sick and tired of Brian "Danger 'Yoko Ono' Mouse" Burton with his filthy fingers all over this band.
However, it is a good album. Solid. Catchy.
Without Dangermouse's influence and the lame ass filler they use to water down their rock this could have potentially been one of my all time favorite records. Instead I'll rate it at "pretty good" I feel like they had some good songwriting going on this album.
Brothers had some good stuff but it is by far my least favorite album of theirs. It dragged and it had "Howlin' for You" on it. Seriously, they couldn't have wrote a worse song if they tried. This album is just more "solid" than Brothers too.
That's just my opinion, didn't want to bring up anything to argue about. I have avoided reading about the album on here and wasn't quite sure what the consensus reaction has been.
Sorry if that was the most backhanded praise for an album ever.