[8 November 2010]
PopMatters Associate Events Editor
The Black Keys have a sound all their own, one that does not need to be reworked on every album to keep it feeling—and sounding—fresh. The iTunes Sessions is a perfect example. Though its ten tracks are comprised mostly of re-recorded songs from their recent release Brothers, the older tunes like “I’ll Be Your Man” don’t break up the unity of the sessions. It does not play like a greatest hits record, bouncing around from era to era, but instead feels like its own album altogether. Whether or not any of the tracks are new is irrelevant here. What is relevant is that the Black Keys have used their years to perfect their sound without losing their appeal. The appeal only gets stronger.