The Black Keys' "Brothers" Debuts at No. 3 on Billboard Album Chart with Band's Best One-Week Sales Ever
Congratulations to The Black Keys, whose latest Nonesuch release, Brothers, sold over 73,000 copies in its first week out. The album, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Current Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart—the highest position on the chart ever for the band and the label—has received praise from USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone, which calls the album “their tightest disc yet.” The Black Keys follow up last night's spot on The Late Show with David Letterman with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC.
To celebrate the album’s release last week, The Black Keys launched an exclusive pop-up store at New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and played an intimate performance there on May 19, raising over $28,000 for Housing Works, Inc., which provides housing, health care, job training, and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. This was just one night before the band opened for a sold-out show with Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden.
The Black Keys will tour extensively this summer and fall to support Brothers, including two sold out shows at Central Park’s SummerStage on July 27 and 28; headlining shows with The Morning Benders, The Whigs, and Nicole Atkins; dates with Kings of Leon; and a performance with The Flaming Lips in Canandaigua, NY. For more tour information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
To pick up a copy of Brothers on vinyl or CD, head to the Nonesuch Store.
Canada's Globe and Mail gives the album three-and-a-half stars. "Any fool with half a notion and a stack of vintage LPs can do the retro thing, but it takes a clue to bring something timeless to the table," suggests the Globe and Mail's Brad Wheeler. "The Black Keys have a knack for doing the latter, particularly on the blues-rock duo’s 2008 album Attack & Release and perhaps even more so with the new Brothers." Wheeler concludes: "All told, the musical brothers Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocals) and Patrick Carney (drummer) take us to a sweaty, glorious era that never quite existed before. Dig the trip." Read the review at theglobeandmail.com.
Access Hollywood says Brothers "may just be the group’s finest work to date. Singer/Guitarist Dan Auerbach sounds the best he ever has, singing all over his range, while drummer Patrick Carney has never sounded so funky, yet in the pocket." Contributor Alex Bandy concludes: "Every song is succinct, and the tracks are able to run the gamut from heart aching blues, to fun rave-up stomps ... all while still keeping that Black Keys sound, which fans of the band have grown to cherish." Read more at accesshollywood.com.
Glide magazine calls Brothers "exhilarating" and "a blinding success." Reviewer Shawn Donohue writes: "Having been amazingly prolific in recent years (branching out with solo records and working with various MC’s on Blakroc) has opened up the group’s pallet wonderfully. Sounding spacious and complete, Brothers employs the full gamut of instrumentation for the duo to toy with." Read the review at glidemagazine.com.