Straight off Black Keys 02, we have one of the two songs I bought this week, Lonely Boy. I'll review both this and Tighten Up, so I'll do this first. At least this week I'm reviewing an actual guitar part.
We start off with the opening riff, which I think of as a "revving up" riff, both for the sound and it starting the song. It sounds awesome, and it actually plays pretty well, mainly on the yellow note and switching to the orange, followed by the same pattern switching to the green. It's easy, but it's a good start.
This is followed by the second opening riff, which follows the keys part, but adds little things like hammer-ons to improve on it. After this is the verse riff, which first plays as quick switches from the green note to a YB chord. This part looks tricky, but actually flows really well when played. This is followed by a second pattern, which is the first part followed by a separate pattern higher up on the frets. Both parts feel very natural to play, and thus, even though it's fairly simple, manages to be really fun.
After this is the chorus, and the simplest aspect of the chart. The chorus is composed of three chords, a RB, a GY, and a RY. I find alt-strumming like this enjoyable, but if you don't like alt-strumming, you might enjoy the chorus less. Personally, I thought it was fun, though not as good as the rest of the chart.
The song basically goes in this pattern: MR 1, MR 2, Verse, Chorus, verse, chorus, MR 1, MR 2, Chorus. While it may seem repetitive when viewed like this, each section is different enough to avoid that feeling, plus the song is too short for that feeling to set in. Overall, I think this is one of the best charts of the year, up there with Overkill and Still of the Night. In my opinion, this is a definite.