Release Date: May 14, 2021
Record label: Nonesuch
At first glance, Delta Kream--the 10th studio album from the blues-rock duo the Black Keys--appears to embody a hoary rock'n'roll cliché. It's a collection of covers Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney learned to play when they were younger, an attempt to get back where they once belonged. In the case of the Black Keys, that spiritual home lies in the Mississippi Delta, the swamp that gave birth to American blues.
The Black Keys have always been oh so casual, and Delta Kream is the epitome of casual records. Balancing playfully between authenticity and laid-back, the duo of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) creates a soundtrack for warm summer nights with not much to do, playing homage to Mississippi blues legends with this 10th album. Referred to as "rock royalty", this tracklist shows a slowing of pace by the band, taking a back seat from occupying their rock behemoth status and reflecting on this musical heritage that first gave them life.