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If someone told us The Black Keys' debut was recorded 40 years ago with a cheap tape machine on a hot night in a backwoods juke joint, we'd probably believe it. Delta bluesman Junior Kimbrough's "Do the Rump" conjures a hypnotic groove with just one pounding snare, a wailing slide guitar, and Dan Auerbach's lustful and slightly distorted voice. Their "She Said She Said" amplifies the angst of The Beatles' original, with double the fuzztone and a drum part even more powerful than Ringo’s.

Customer Reviews

Finally real music again...

The kids are in full time school and it's time to start listening to music again. A buddy lent me this CD and I have since acquired nearly everything the Black Keys have put out. Amazing, authentic, fantastic music. Such a refreshing departure from mainstream radio.

Issue with Song '240 Years before your time'

At the 1:39 this song cuts out and there is dead silence for the remainer of the song , please fix the problem and reissue the correct song.
Otherwise this is great

dead space

I am a fan of The Black Keys and I very much like most of this record. It's raw and not nearly as polished as their more recent material. It reminds me of the old blues-rock albums of the late 60's & early 70's era; e.g. Humble Pie, Robin Trower, Ten Years After, etc. The only negative on this record is the waste of time 240 Years before Your Time is. Don't be fooled, as I was, by the 23:20 time attached to this piece. I envisioned an amazing lengthy blues jam and what I got is 20 minutes of dead space in between a short and dumb intro and a short and dumb outro. Very disappointing.


Formed: 2001 in Akron, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It's too facile to call the Black Keys counterparts of the White Stripes: they share several surface similarities -- their names are color-coded, they hail from the Midwest, they're guitar-and-drum blues-rock duos -- but the Black Keys are their own distinct thing, a tougher, rougher rock band with a purist streak that never surfaced in the Stripes. But that's not to say that the Black Keys are blues traditionalists: even on their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, they covered the Beatles' psychedelic...
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