Review: Waiting On A Song by Dan Auerbach

Waiting On A Song by Dan AuerbachIf you’ve wondered how Dan Auerbach would sound if he didn’t feel the need to be crunchy, well, here’s the album. Waiting On A Song sees the Black Keys frontman turned in demand producer take a stab at driving country-pop with that 70s sheen – that expected retro quality you’ve expected from any, if not every, Dan Auerbach project. Sure, there are some big names assisting him on the record – Mark Knopfler and Duane Eddy play along at several points – but ultimately it feels like, well, everything you’ve expected. On one hand, it’s good to see the same qualities still at work: no matter what route Dan takes, there’s an inescapable flavor and twist that he’ll put on it. On the other hand, I was hoping for something… new, I guess? I know he’s playing with vintage sounds again, but it’s something we know he can do, over and over again. Perhaps he’s just warming up? Well, the songs are good, although the record somewhat overstays its welcome halfway through, when everything blends together and becomes a bit forgettable. It’s weird, this. [NB]3/5

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