Artist – The Black Keys
Album – El Camino
Year – 2011
Genre – Garage Rock/Blues Rock
Sometimes in life, you need to get your funk on. Sometimes, that’s all the time. Enter The Black Keys. They are here to help you with that. Duo Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach solidified their place as masters of bluesy, old school rock and roll with “Gold on the Ceiling” in 2011. If my own father says that this song takes him back to the late 60’s and early 70’s, then I’m pretty sure this song can firmly rooted in all that made rock and roll so great.
Right from Auerbach’s opening riff, you know this is going to be down and dirty. Sure enough, there it is. The guitar is absolutely filthy, with a super low crunch and a throbbing fuzz bass to back it up. The real treat in this repeated riff is the organ. Its buzz invokes a Norman Greenbaum-esque feel as adds even more grit and soul to the already explosive music.
When Auerbach sings, he yowls like the blues singers of old, and by the time the eerie chorus of voices backs him up at the end of each verse, he’s hooked you with his yearning voice. The drums and guitar continue their grasp over the song as they menace in the background.
Then we get ourselves a hell of a catchy breakdown, with some real cool echoing guitars for added effect, and then we have our chorus. The gospel choir vocals mixed with the funk we heard earlier and a damn smooth melody makes for a good time all around. This is a chorus you’re going to sing. A lot. To cap of this sensational part of the song, Auerbach pulls out a tasty (and very air guitarable) mini solo after each chorus that shows off his blues guitar skills.
Did I mention how big all the instruments sound in this song yet? I did? Well I’ll say it again. The mixing in this song is wonderful, and every part hits you with the force of a speeding train. It’s pounding, thumping, crunching, powerful goodness. And as the song goes along, you really start to hear it more and more. It’s an aspect of the song that has to be appreciated.
I don’t know what it is about the lyrics in this song. I don’t know what they mean, but I know that they’re well written because I find myself singing along every time I hear the chorus. Maybe you all out there have your own interpretation of who’s going to get the “gold” on the ceiling. And maybe even about what the hell gold on the ceiling is.
After a closing run of the fuzz bass and guitar, this song comes to an end, but not without you seriously considering putting it on repeat for the day. If you need to rock out, boom. Get your funk on? Done. These guys know how to make you forget your problems for awhile and just have a good time. Good old fashioned rock can do that to you.
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