The title pretty much says it all (although I should probably add “to me” at the end). I just listened to the Black Key’s new album Turn Blue today and when I heard “Waiting On Words” the tune immediately shot out to me as sounding really really familiar. Like, one of my favorite John Frusciante songs (off his 2004 DC EP) “Dissolve” familiar.
I’m not by any means looking to spur any sort of weird conspiracy theory or write any dumb article on how one is ripping off the other (they’re not) but the resemblance struck me as strikingly familiar. And yes, it struck me strikingly. That much.
For the record, I have been a huge fan of the Black Keys since the get go, since dem Big Come Up days and also love John Frusciante (who also had a new album this year Enclosure, which was…interesting. Listen to it for yourself) so I have to assume that this is just an amusing coincidence but I’ve got to wonder if somehow, sometime Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) or Danger Mouse (who co-produced Turn Blue) ever heard “Dissolve” and subconsciously had the riff/chords stick in their head only to years later let them back out in this current form. Doubtful, but you never know.
To be clear, the songs are very different overall (despite sharing a similar riff) and are both good in their own right so no complaints here, but I do take it to be a funny coincidence. Especially because Dan seems to be channeling his inner Frusciante falsetto for the song, which sounds great by the way (and had me initially looking confused at the tracklist to see who was featured singing on the song). But hey, don’t just take it from me, take a listen yourself.
John Frusciante – Dissolve
The Black Keys – Waiting On Words
And in the end, it was all good, Frusciante gave the thumbs up, approved, and everyone lived happily ever after.