"The Moan" CD single
Genres: blues rock
Burbank CA 91510
June 21 - 27 2004
On this single, The Black Keys bring us two originals - the
title track, as well as "Heavy Soul" - before having their
way with The Stooges' "No Fun" and Richard Berry's
"Have Love Will Travel." Although this brief disc
doesn't really leave any particularly notable impression, it is a nice
little snippet of The Black Keys' sound.
The title-track is a gritty, rocking slab of garage blues that
could actually garner some decent radio playlist attention (despite a
lack of a memorable chorus), although "Heavy Soul" is a bit
of a disappointment. Although it's a pretty decent tune, the
poor recording (an alternate version from the one that appeared on The
Black Keys's debut album) completely fails to pick up on the
band's best asset - its dynamic energy.
As far as the covers go, The Black Keys fare pretty
well. "No Fun" works remarkably well with the band's
standard bluesy approach, while "Have Love Will Travel"
(done in a similar fashion to The Sonics' version) is made even
better by the gross misuse of whatever tape player recorded it.
The Moan isn't perfect, but for Black Keys aficionados
it is surely worth the dough. Others may want to save their cash
for the band's next album.
[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]