The Black Keys Reveal New Album Details, Stream New Single 'Fever'

The band also confirms this year's Glastonbury performance.

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The Black Keys have revealed details of their brand new album, "Turn Blue," NME reports.

The record, which is set for release on May 12, will feature 11 tracks. Scroll down for a full tracklisting. "Turn Blue" will be the Black Keys' eighth album, and follows their 2011 release "El Camino."

The album was produced by Danger Mouse alongside Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the band and was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood last summer. Additional recording was done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan as well as frontman Auerbach's own Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville earlier this year.

The band have also released a new song called "Fever." Fans who pre-order the album will receive "Fever" for free immediately. Scroll down to listen to the song.

Speaking about the album, drummer Carney has said: "We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record – not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either.

"On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We're excited for the world to hear 'Turn Blue'."

In addition, the band have said that the title of the record could refer to a number of things, those being: "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."

The duo have also revealed that they will be performing at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday June 29 - the final night of the festival - after recently being announced as the final headliner for this year's Latitude festival in July.

The "Turn Blue" tracklisting is:

01. Weight of Love
02. In Time
03. Turn Blue
04. Fever
05. Year in Review
06. Bullet in the Brain
07. It's Up to You Now
08. Waiting on Words
09. 10 Lovers10. In Our Prime11. Gotta Get Away

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    DarkenedShrine
    Not sure I dig this.. I've enjoyed pretty much every single album prior to El Camino, but I'm not sure I'm into this new direction they're going in. Seems like there's too much synth and not enough guitar, but hey, that's just my opinion. Flame on flamers..
    Bdqdog
    I personally love the song but, I don't think people realize they're not really a blues duo anymore. Let's not forget this is the first single, nothing says that it's a synth record. They're experimenting and trying new things with their sound. People get so upset when musicians explore different styles and sounds, let them have their fun.
    frodestornes
    It is a good song, but far from their best work. Hopefully the rest of the album is killer!
    dave.coleman.54
    Agreed! It's gotten a lot of negative reaction so far but it's really not that bad. I would prefer a bit more guitar on later tracks, but for now I think this serves as an interesting indicator of the direction the new album will take. I love their older stuff, but I'd rather see them broaden their horizons like they do here rather than rehashing Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory
    barden1069
    Huh, kinda has a Tame Impala or Arctic Monkeys "AM" vibe to it. I like it. Definitely a bit removed from their early, straight-up blues rock stuff, but growing and changing is something every good artist should do.
    coman91
    I didn't like it a lot at first but now that I tabbed it (my tab got approved today) I love it. I very much like the vocals and the chord progression. It's not the Black Keys that I fell in love with, but like some here have said, they can't keep making Rubber Factory and The Big Come Up over and over again. Even if it were possible, I'm sure they wouldn't want to because their style/taste is drifting naturally away from their patented power blues rock. You don't always like the same thing, do you?
    UniformRecon
    Wish they'd ditch Danger Mouse and get back to the good ol' raw stuff. I didn't care for El Camino at all.
    jrodgers
    I personally think Danger Mouse ruined the Black Keys. Every album they've made since he got involved on Attack and Release has gotten them further from what they do best. Listen to this new track, or "Gold on the Ceiling" or "Lonely Boy", then go back and listen to Magic Potion, the last album they did before Danger Mouse got involved. It f***in blows your hair back in comparison.
    dfrooney
    I miss the dirty raw sound of the early albums. thickfreakness is one of my favorite albums from the last 10 or so years.
    Silver Blues
    See, I'm the last guy to like 'poppy' stuff, but this isn't bad!I didn't dislike El Camino at all, if anything I thought that a lot of the songs were nice fusions of classic bluesy stuff with some modern pop-rock elements. I do agree that some more guitar with a little less synth stuff might be nice, they don't have to do everything like they did with the early stuff. (The early stuff is my favorite too but that's not to say anything that deviates from that is bad...)
    biff022
    For a guy who's decent guitar player, the music they make is so boring that zzzzz…. Damn I always fall asleep when anything has to do with this boring band. Did I mention they were boring? They had a chance too, their early stuff was ok. Just ok.
    conorpatt
    Bet you're fun at parties. "See this music that's playing? It's only in 4/4, at 120 bpm with a simple song structure. Did I mention there are no polyrhythms??? And did I even go into the decor of this place? These are only primary colours! So dull..."
    kevin.stedman.9
    Your trolling is not welcome here, i bet you think Gary Clark Jr. is boring too
    biff022
    Gary Clark is pretty good. Saw him live and he was solid. Nothing spectacular but really good at what he does. I bet you like Altered Bridge.
    sweathog14
    This is get out of the house music, man. Ain't for sitting around the house listening with headphones. Good club/bar music.
    p_a_morgan
    It's okay, Black Keys. You will be The White Stripes someday. Keep working on it. Man, they're overrated.
    AcdcTXfan
    These are my candidates to headline the Honda Civic Tour this summer. What if this happens with Jack White as a co headliner? Keeping my fingers crossed!
    calezebedee
    Definatly a new sound not sure if it keeps my interest yet, not a bad track but I didn't fall in love with it right off the bat. Still looking forward to what the rest of the album has in store.
    Apocalypse4162
    Ive always liked music with guitar as the primary instrument, and it worries me when bands who started out with a lot of guitar decide to ditch it (like Linkin Park) but I will keep an open mind and Im sure the songs will grow on me, just like many other Black Keys songs have. No doubt there will be at least a song or two on here sounding like something from their older albums.
    ckysteve5
    First half of the song was decent, nothing spectacular, but I liked the bridge and outro parts.
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    LiamKeez
    hope they don't completely ditch raw blues roots, The Black Keys are one of the best rock bands around that really don't need to fall for this trend of becoming minimalist drum and bass, or whatever you want to call it... look at the Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, so sad
    LiamKeez
    hope they don't completely ditch raw blues roots, The Black Keys are one of the best rock bands around that really don't need to fall for this trend of becoming minimalist drum and bass, or whatever you want to call it... look at the Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, so sad