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Written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones — and first released by Bell as a single in 1968 — “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” is an ideal song for The Black Keys treatment, giving the duo an opportunity to show off their knack for mid-tempo, bluesy soul. Built around a foundation of guitars and a classic Patrick Carney groove, the arrangement is garnished with organ padding and silky strings.
With a sultry touch, the impassioned cover arrives, as the band’s posts on social media explain, “just in time for Valentines.” Watch the official lyric video below.
Following the release of “Beautiful People (Stay High)” last month, “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” is the second single from Ohio Players, which itself is set to arrive on April 5th via Nonesuch/Warner Records. The band’s 12th studio album — and their first since 2022’s Dropout Boogie — it’ll feature guest appearances from Noel Gallagher, Greg Kurstin, Beck, and more.
Ohio Players will be available on vinyl, cassette, and CD formats. Pre-orders are ongoing.
For more, revisit Consequence’s 2022 interview with Dan Auerbach, where he discussed Dropout Boogie and celebrating 20 years of The Black Keys.