The song begins calmly, thankfully lacking the nauseous pretentiousness of recycled pop-rock wannabes of this decade. Immediately, the calm beat is followed by a playful whistle, establishing the overall melody of the whole song. Suddenly but gracefully, Dan exclaims “I wanted love, I needed love”. You can hear his rugged breath in the background, showcasing his implicit passionate involvement into the song – “Someone said true love was dead/ And I’m bound to fall, bound to fall/ For you”. Patrick ingeniously uses the beats to prepare for Dan’s repeated verses, adding variety to the beat and thus to the song, killing off all apparent monotony so archetypical as to most computerized songs nowadays, those lacking the genuine, underground sound of musical ingenuity. The simplicity of this song brings forward a laid back, almost careless movement of words and expressions as Dan belts out his deep-felt emotions. Its fast-pacing rhythm is catchy and fun to listen to, you easily find yourself headbanging or tapping your feet to it, or both. And yet you never manage to be disoriented. However the repetition may seem as a flaw, but it ends up being one of its strength since it puts emphasis on Dan’s emotions and intentions as he is “runnin’ wild, runnin’ wild” towards the “need to get steady”. This development of intentions showcases the evolution of love stages , but nonetheless appears to be a common theme, used again and again by rock artists.
Anyway, you get pulled to Dan’s rusty voice, you feel like you’re a friend listening to someone’s long day, you feel that connection enforced with the attractive and playful melody that successfully entertains and catches our attention and shapes a unique identity to this musical piece of blues/rock. There is nothing rushed, but more passionate and we feel Dan’s complete abandon into his story, that could easily be ours, as we’re “Living just to keep going/ Going just to be sane/ All the while not knowing/ It’s such a shame”. Dan seems to be blending, then guiding the whole assembly of instruments, which, albeit obviously different in their musical outcome, come together as a successful blend of sounds, forming thus, the grammy-winning song called ‘Tighten up’ by the Black Keys’ album ‘Brothers’.