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The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom (2008)

Video  -  Documentary | Music  -  18 November 2008 (USA)
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The Black Keys' new concert DVD, Live at the Crystal Ballroom, reflects the no-frills genius of the drums-and-guitar duo's studio sound: It's a refreshingly straightforward video document ... See full summary »

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The Black Keys' new concert DVD, Live at the Crystal Ballroom, reflects the no-frills genius of the drums-and-guitar duo's studio sound: It's a refreshingly straightforward video document of their April 4, 2008 sold-out gig at Portland, Oregon's Crystal Ballroom, featuring seventeen songs culled from all five of the pair's albums. Director Lance Bangs - who has made videos for the Arcade Fire, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth as well as directing R.E.M.'s Road Movie - keeps his small camera crew focused on the stage, getting up close and sweaty with guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. Occasionally, he'll pull back to acknowledge the head-bobbing crowd pressed close to the stage, their hands reaching out to Auerbach. There are no visual pyrotechnics, no elaborate editing, no backstage cutaways, yet the show is riveting from start to finish and the feel of the music in that room is nothing less than triumphant. Written by Anonymous

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Might be interesting for die-hard fans.
12 May 2014 | by (SoCal, USA) – See all my reviews

The Black Keys was a two man group in this 2008 effort: Daniel on guitar, keyboard, and vocals, Patrick on drums.

The pair was recorded during a set at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, USA.

The visuals are between poor and worse. The audio is not that good.

One can make out some of the sound that would later mature into something good. The musical style for which the group achieved fame was definitely not present yet.

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Cinematography: 1/10 Sub-VHS quality. Bad focus, lens flare, so-so framing, contrast flattening. Looks like the worst-ever camcorder product from the eighties.

Sound: 4/10 Not very good. I've heard far better quality from Black Keys cuts on the FM radio in my car. Their expanded group for post 2010 efforts has a much better sound.

Acting: z/10 Not really relevant. This is musical performance only, with no further aspirations.

Screenplay: 3/10 Straight-up concert recording, with no particular frills, or acting, or story line. This was about the longest 64 minutes I can remember.


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