The Black Keys are back and burning up with their newest single "Fever". This is their first single off of Turn Blue, which releases May 13, 2014.
What could the phrase Turn Blue mean to the Keys? Drummer Patrick Carney has a lot of ideas about that, according to a press release from NME.com regarding their upcoming appearance at the Glastonbury Festival: "A: Suffocation B: Sadness C: Numbness from extreme cold D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi E: All of the above."
What's the consensus on "Fever"? A mix, which is usually not the case for fans of the duo. Here's an article published in The Observer where "Fever" gets slammed pretty hard. Honestly, I don't necessarily agree with this point of view, but it seems to be a more common opinion with this single. I think it doesn't sound AS different as people are making it out to be. Yes, it's on the "safe" side, but it's not like they completely abandoned their sound.
Regardless of criticism, the song is doing well. This week is their first week at number one on the alternative Billboard chart, with knocking Coldplay out of the number one spot.
ALSO, here's something that's going on between Jack White and Dan Auerbach that I had no idea about: They're feuding. This makes me a sad panda. Auerbach and White are easily two of the most talented, histrionic rock musicians that are out right now and they also are the two that will probably be around for a while. If their going to be around for a while, the least they could do is to get over their ego's and support each other...because that's pretty much what this feud is about - ego. And both of them have a lot of that (even though I love them! Let's be real!).
Can't help but think this is also partially a publicity stunt devised by both parties. White's second solo album Lazaretto is due out June 10, 2014.