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From the spacey opener "Weight of Love," which pulls out a grandiose Pink Floyd-style guitar solo before the vocal even starts, it's clear that The Black Keys are thinking big. The album's '70s classic rock vibe gives the Keys a bigger, more cosmic sound, while studio wizard Danger Mouse wraps electronic swirls around Dan Auerbach's mountain of guitars. And just when we're into the psychedelic groove, the soulful strut of "Gotta Get Away" proves the duo's roadhouse R&B roots are still right there.

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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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