Dan Auerbach, 'Keep It Hid' (Nonesuch)

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Keep It Hid
Critical Mass
Label: Nonesuch

by Shannon Zimmerman

Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach opens his first solo outing with an acoustic country blues ("Trouble Weighs a Ton") that sounds utterly authentic but signifies mainly as a museum-quality reproduction. Fortunately, the rest of Keep It Hid hews more closely to the Keys' scuzz-encrusted, blunt-instrument assault -- the tremolo-soaked "Heartbroken, in Disrepair" throbs like ZZ Top on a lo-fi bender, and the lecherously lumbering "When I Left the Room" is a slow-burner of barn-burning proportions.

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