The Black Keys honed in on the fundamentals of rock ‘n’ roll — big guitar riffs, lustful lyrics and a bevy of musical hooks on “El Camino,” which took the Grammy for rock album over Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto,” Muse’s “The 2nd Law,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” and Jack White’s “Blunderbuss.”
One of the best reviewed albums of the group’s career, “El Camino” was praised as “a party record, a driving down the highway, ‘I'm in love with rock and roll, and I'll be out all night’ record” by Times pop music critic Randall Roberts upon its release at the end of 2011. Roberts concluded, “The only question is whether, this late in the year, this constitutes the best rock album of 2011 or 2012. It'll probably be both.” Grammy voters, however, only had one choice and gave it the nod for 2012.
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