With Lonely Boy, El Camino peels out like Steve McQueen. A delirious, stoner-rock riff turns it up and and we're racing with surf-punk chords over a breakneck drum beat. The song wastes no time with niceties, demanding that you get the party started and commence grooving.
The chorus - like many on the record - is gang-sung, and one can quickly imagine how this will sound once the throngs lend their voices to their faves. Surprisingly, as the melody fills your head, you realize that Auerbach is singing, "I've got a love that keeps me waiting." The guitarist, fierce rocker if ever there was one, is a good old-fashioned gentleman at heart, and he's willing to bide his time till his lady is ready. You've gotta respect a dude like that.
The breakdown is a sweet blast of garage guitar grit offset by Danger Mouse's soulful keyboards - this is a mix that's prominent on the record - and it moves like a mofo.