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Editors’ Notes

The Black Keys’ debut, The Big Come Up, is two tons of pounding electric blues; this follow-up is heavier still. Powered by overdriven amps, reverb, thumping kick drums, and muscular riffs, the Keys offer respect to their blues heroes (particularly R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough) while still sounding like a 21st-century band. Guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney strut and stomp through Thickfreakness like they’re exorcising demons. Auerbach, a bona fide blues howler, sounds possessed, moaning unintelligibly as if mere words can’t convey his feelings. Track after track, the intensity of the fuzzy, distorted guitar hooks never lets up, with the savagely pummeled snare and funky hi-hat fills driving home the point. The grimy lo-fi production, brilliantly handled by Carney, matches the band’s primal power and raw delivery. Tempos sometimes waver and an occasional note is missed, yet such immediacy makes the album actually sound better. Thickfreakness is The Black Keys at their filthiest and most furious.

Customer Reviews

so delicious

This album embodies perfectly the Black Keys. Their music is powerful and crunchy ans just overall satisfying to listen too. Though it's called "bare bones" it is far from shallow. The blues influence is clear, and in my opinion, blues and rock and roll were a match made in heaven. "thickfreakness" and "Everywhere I Go" (the Junior Kimbrough cover) are probably two of the best tracks, but the material holds strong throughout, and it just feels whole. Buy it now. Right now. Please.

Best album by the Keys

I've got 5 albums from them (rubber factory, magic potion, this, attack&release, and brothers) and this one is defintely my favorite. It's probably their more under rated and underappreciated one, but I love it. There isn't one song here that is a hard rocker like something off rubber, magic, or attack but every song is just very laid back and bluesy. Sort of like brothers except better. It's like Brothers and magic potion. It's got the laid back sound of brothers and the southern sound of magic potion. It's definitely a grower but it definitely grew on me better than any of the other Keys albums. Alit of people say albums without the "hits" can be the best. This is that album.

One of my favorite albums

This is the second best album of The Black Keys (after Rubber Factory), but nevertheless, this is a stunning album. From rockers such as "Set You Free" to more "epic" "Hold Me In Your Arms" this album is awesome. Every single track is a repeat over and over and you will just smile when you listen to the songs.


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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