I liked Marcus King’s @marcuskingband @realmarcusking album Carolina Confessions, but El Dorado is at the next level of excellence. Produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, this could be the album that makes King a star.
Marcus King is a purveyor of what we used to call southern rock (Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc.). Hard rocking blues rock with a pinch of country.
Great blues-rock guitar players are a dime a dozen and so Auerbach has focused El Dorado on King’s other great gift: his vocals. There is still plenty of King’s guitar shredding, but there is a particular emphasis on King’s vocals. King purrs and roars and everything in between. At times he sounds like a sweeter Faces’ era Rod Stewart and sometimes like Greg Allman. You can hear the influences, yet King has his own voice.
Carolina Confessions was a by the book Allman Brothers devotional. El Dorado is a more diverse affair: acoustic blues, Black Keys styled garage rock, Ray Charles inspired ballads, country, Muscle Shoals’ soul, a little swamp rock and of course a touch of the Allmans. On paper, this sounds disjointed – a messy smorgasbord plate, but on the album, it works as a perfectly executed full course meal. I have a feeling this album is going to be in my rotation for a long time to come. #nowspinning #vinyl #vinylcollector #vinylcollection #vinylrecords #bluesrock