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A rugged, lo-fi funk runs through The Black Keys' third album. Drummer Patrick Carney's grooves at times hit home like breakbeats sampled from dusty old LPs, making plain the duo's claim that their stripped-down sound is as much inspired by Wu-Tang Clan as by their garage rock bedfellows. Over this powerful foundation, Dan Auerbach's hypnotic guitar lines and sorrow-filled lyrics add weight and mystery. The low-slung swagger of "When the Lights Go Out" and the brooding, gloomy "Grown So Ugly" are particularly potent.

Customer Reviews

Impressive Overall.

Successful blending of Blues, Classic Rock, Folk, and Funk is apparent throughout this band's collection. If you like old-style crunch guitar sounds rife with riffing, I definitely recommend the Key's work. Although this album is very well-done in itself, I personally prefer their first album, "The Big Come Up." I'm basing that preference upon my liking for funk/bluesish-style guitar. The aged-quality vocals are a nice touch, but I'de be interested in hearing this kind of music with modern-edge vocals and more intricate lyrical work.

Rubber Factory

Iove this band. its great! best song is the lengths. Its emotional and soft. I love it

My First Review

You've got to love their sound. It's sharp, original and pure rock and roll baby.


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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