Attack & Release

Submitted by nonesuch on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 19:14
Release Date
DescriptionExcerpt

In one of the most eagerly awaited collaborations in alt-rock, The Black Keys are joined by producer Danger Mouse, adding more instrumentation and effects to the band’s sound but preserving their inherent soulfulness, groove, and raw energy, for an album Filter says seems to have "dropped out of the heavens with a fistful of downright biting blues-rock."

Description

The Black Keys’ fifth full-length LP, Attack & Release, follows their 2006 critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, which the Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “a gritty, wild, minimalist masterpiece.Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Gorillaz, The Grey Album), Attack & Release was recorded at engineer Paul Hamann’s illustrious Suma Studio outside Cleveland, Ohio. Initial collaboration began when Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) approached the band to write songs for an album he was developing with the late R&B legend Ike Turner. As the band began composing tracks for Turner early last year, though, they quickly realized they were actually laying the groundwork for a new album of their own.

Attack & Release thus became The Black Keys’ first collaborative effort, as it morphed into their own album with Danger Mouse as producer. By recording in an actual studio (another first), guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney were given the opportunity to add a variety of instruments to their usual simple set-up—including organ, moog, and banjo. “After recording our previous albums in a basement, we were ready to go somewhere else,” Auerbach confesses. “Danger Mouse came in as our collaborator. He has a real ear for melody and arrangement and that was a big part of this record, as was the studio…a really special place.”Carney concurs: “The place is covered with dust, it smells like a moldy cabin, and it looks like a haunted house. It was fitting for our first time going into a real studio.” He continues, “I think Dan and I were intrigued to work with somebody as a producer, and with an engineer like Paul, because we both realized we couldn’t teach ourselves anything more and it was best to start learning from other people.”

Besides Auerbach, Carney, and Danger Mouse’s work, other contributions on Attack & Release include guitarist Marc Ribot and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney (Patrick’s uncle)—both veterans of, among other things, Tom Waits’ band. The closing track, “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be,” features Auerbach singing along side eighteen-year-old bluegrass/country-singer Jessica Lea Mayfield.The Black Keys have released four albums prior to Attack & Release––2002’s The Big Come Up, 2003’s Thickfreakness, 2004’s Rubber Factory, and 2006’s Magic Potion.

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Danger Mouse
Recorded by Paul Hamann August 9-23, 2007 at Suma Recording Studio, Painesville, OH, on the recording console that he and his father, Ken, built together in 1973
Mixed by Kennie Takahashi, Danger Mouse, and The Black Keys
Mix Assistant: Todd “iTod” Monfalcone
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME

All songs written by The Black Keys, published by McMoore McLeest Publishing (BMI), administered by Chrysalis Music

Artwork & Design by Michael Carney

Nonesuch Selection Number

292476

Number of Discs in Set
1disc
FormatRestrictions

This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

ns_album_artistid
229
ns_album_id
700
ns_album_releasedate
ns_genre_1
0
ns_genre_2
0
Album Status
Artist Name
The Black Keys
MusicianDetails

MUSICIANS
The Black Keys:
Dan Auerbach, guitars, vocals, and lots of other instruments
Patrick Carney, drums and lots of other instruments

Additional Musicians:
Danger Mouse, Hohner Bass 3, Moog and Korg synthesizers, piano, and some organ too
Carla Monday, harmony vocals (2, 4, 5)
Jessica Lea Mayfield, harmony vocal (11)
Ralph Carney, jaw harp (2), contrabass clarinet (5), clarinet (6, 7), flute (8), concert bass  (8)
Marc Ribot, guitar solo (5, 9), rhythm guitar (6), slide guitar (10)

Cover Art
UPC/Price
Label
CD+MP3
Price
11.00
UPC
075597996920BUN
Label
MP3
Price
9.00
UPC
075597996913
Label
LP+MP3
Price
16.00
UPC
075597948554
  • 292476

News & Reviews

  • The Black Keys have announced initial details of the European leg of their Dropout Boogie Tour starting in June. Following shows in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the band will be joined by special guests Spoon for concerts in Paris, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cologne, and Hamburg. The Black Keys will play festival sets in Italy, Portugal, and Spain in July. Pre-sale tickets for the June dates will be open to the band’s fan club, The Lonely Boys & Girls Club, on December 13; general on-sale begins December 16. This marks The Black Keys’ first European tour since 2015. 

  • Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards: Molly Tuttle for Best New Artist and Best Bluegrass Album for Crooked Tree with Golden Highway; The Black Keys for Best Rock Album for Dropout Boogie and Best Rock Performance for "Wild Child"; Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical; Cécile McLorin Salvant for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Ghost Song and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for "Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying"; Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade's LongGone for Best Instrumental Album; Brad Mehldau's Jacob's Ladder for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album; Punch Brothers' Hell on Church Street for Best Folk Album; Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet's Evergreen for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance; Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder's GET ON BOARD for Best Traditional Blues Album; Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes for Bob Mehr; and Astor Piazzolla: The American Clavé Recordings. for Best Album Notes for Fernando González. 

  • About This Album

    The Black Keys’ fifth full-length LP, Attack & Release, follows their 2006 critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, which the Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “a gritty, wild, minimalist masterpiece.Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Gorillaz, The Grey Album), Attack & Release was recorded at engineer Paul Hamann’s illustrious Suma Studio outside Cleveland, Ohio. Initial collaboration began when Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) approached the band to write songs for an album he was developing with the late R&B legend Ike Turner. As the band began composing tracks for Turner early last year, though, they quickly realized they were actually laying the groundwork for a new album of their own.

    Attack & Release thus became The Black Keys’ first collaborative effort, as it morphed into their own album with Danger Mouse as producer. By recording in an actual studio (another first), guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney were given the opportunity to add a variety of instruments to their usual simple set-up—including organ, moog, and banjo. “After recording our previous albums in a basement, we were ready to go somewhere else,” Auerbach confesses. “Danger Mouse came in as our collaborator. He has a real ear for melody and arrangement and that was a big part of this record, as was the studio…a really special place.”Carney concurs: “The place is covered with dust, it smells like a moldy cabin, and it looks like a haunted house. It was fitting for our first time going into a real studio.” He continues, “I think Dan and I were intrigued to work with somebody as a producer, and with an engineer like Paul, because we both realized we couldn’t teach ourselves anything more and it was best to start learning from other people.”

    Besides Auerbach, Carney, and Danger Mouse’s work, other contributions on Attack & Release include guitarist Marc Ribot and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney (Patrick’s uncle)—both veterans of, among other things, Tom Waits’ band. The closing track, “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be,” features Auerbach singing along side eighteen-year-old bluegrass/country-singer Jessica Lea Mayfield.The Black Keys have released four albums prior to Attack & Release––2002’s The Big Come Up, 2003’s Thickfreakness, 2004’s Rubber Factory, and 2006’s Magic Potion.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    The Black Keys:
    Dan Auerbach, guitars, vocals, and lots of other instruments
    Patrick Carney, drums and lots of other instruments

    Additional Musicians:
    Danger Mouse, Hohner Bass 3, Moog and Korg synthesizers, piano, and some organ too
    Carla Monday, harmony vocals (2, 4, 5)
    Jessica Lea Mayfield, harmony vocal (11)
    Ralph Carney, jaw harp (2), contrabass clarinet (5), clarinet (6, 7), flute (8), concert bass  (8)
    Marc Ribot, guitar solo (5, 9), rhythm guitar (6), slide guitar (10)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Danger Mouse
    Recorded by Paul Hamann August 9-23, 2007 at Suma Recording Studio, Painesville, OH, on the recording console that he and his father, Ken, built together in 1973
    Mixed by Kennie Takahashi, Danger Mouse, and The Black Keys
    Mix Assistant: Todd “iTod” Monfalcone
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME

    All songs written by The Black Keys, published by McMoore McLeest Publishing (BMI), administered by Chrysalis Music

    Artwork & Design by Michael Carney

  • Format Availability

    This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.