Artist: The Black Keys

Date Released: September 7, 2004

Label: Fat Possum/Epitaph

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  1. When the Lights Go Out
  2. 10 A.M. Automatic
  3. Just Couldn't Tie Me Down
  4. All Hands Against His Own
  5. The Desperate Man
  6. Girl is on My Mind
  7. The Lengths
  8. Grown So Ugly
  9. Stack Shot Billy
  10. Act Nice and Gentle
  11. Aeroplane Blues
  12. Keep Me
  13. Till I Get My Way


The Black Keys, guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, have returned with their third album in 2 years and it is nothing short of amazing (much like their previous albums). The twenty-something, white boy duo from the Midwest play the upbeat garage blues music that would have caused a stir if it was released in the first half of last century, nonetheless today. And while this is the age of the garage revival, no band comes quite as close to encompassing the genre as well as The Black Keys does. Rubber Factory is another rock masterpiece that is amazingly without a bad track. Auerbach’s gritty, soul-filled vocals could only be matched with his very own dirty, uncompromising guitar playing; and Carney’s drumming never misses a beat as he keeps the tempo of the songs alive and interesting. The album somehow channels not only the best of classic rock, but the indie-rock aesthetic of today, along with snippets of soul, funk and the aura of crossover greats like Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. I could honestly go on and on praising the album, but it really speaks for itself. There is not a bad track on here so play, and play them all. Also, #10 is a cover of The Kinks song Act Nice and Gentle. Mpardaiolo

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