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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As minimal two-man blues-rock bands go, this has to be near the top of the heap. The problem with minimal two-man blues-rock outfits and there have been more of them than you think is that they're, well, usually too minimal, with thin garage sound and a shortage of variety. The Black Keys' sound, impressively, is not too thin though it is garage-ish, and there's enough deft incorporation of funk, soul, and hard rock into the harsh juke joint-ish core to avoid monotony. Most importantly, Dan Auerbach has a genuinely fine, powerful blues voice, sometimes approximating a white, slightly smoother Howlin' Wolf particularly on the opener, "Busted". Auerbach's a good ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As minimal two-man blues-rock bands go, this has to be near the top of the heap. The problem with minimal two-man blues-rock outfits and there have been more of them than you think is that they're, well, usually too minimal, with thin garage sound and a shortage of variety. The Black Keys' sound, impressively, is not too thin though it is garage-ish, and there's enough deft incorporation of funk, soul, and hard rock into the harsh juke joint-ish core to avoid monotony. Most importantly, Dan Auerbach has a genuinely fine, powerful blues voice, sometimes approximating a white, slightly smoother Howlin' Wolf particularly on the opener, "Busted". Auerbach's a good guitarist, too, conjuring suitably harsh and busy and sometimes heavily reverbed riffs out of what sounds like a cheap but effectively harsh amp. Patrick Carney's drums might be the cruder component of this two-man band, but they keep the sound earthy without sounding sloppily punkish for the hell of it, as too many such groups searching for the blues-punk fusion do. The very occasional insertion of hip-hop snippets seems neither here nor there, and the cover of the Beatles' "She Said, She Said" seems like an odd choice. But overall it's quite cool raunchy electric blues with more vigor and imagination than similarly raw, elderly Southern juke joint artists who came into vogue starting in the 1990s. And it's way fresher than the standard bar band blues-rockers with slicker execution and more reverence for blues clich├ęs.
Spin Magazine - Chuck Klosterman
Two dudes from Akron, Ohio, with Beatles to burn and blues to spare. (8)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Alive Records
  • UPC: 095081004429
  • Catalog Number: 44
  • Sales rank: 10,743

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Busted (2:33)
  2. 2 Do the Rump (2:37)
  3. 3 I'll Be Your Man (2:20)
  4. 4 Countdown (2:38)
  5. 5 The Breaks (3:01)
  6. 6 Run Me Down (2:27)
  7. 7 Leavin' Trunk (3:00)
  8. 8 Heavy Soul (2:08)
  9. 9 She Said, She Said (2:32)
  10. 10 Them Eyes (2:23)
  11. 11 Yearnin' (1:58)
  12. 12 Brooklyn Bound (3:11)
  13. 13 240 Years Before Your Time (23:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Keys Primary Artist
Patrick Carney Drums
Dan Auerbach Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Oliver Nelson Composer
Patrick Boissel Cover Design
Dave Schultz Mastering
Patrick Carney Producer, beats
Michael Carney Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I luv this album!!!!

    Get this album! Heavy Soul is an great song as well as The Breaks and She said She said. Get this one and then go buy their other two{Rubber Factory and Thickfreakness}

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ohio Blues

    The Black Keys are great, the Blues have never sounded so good. Dan Auerbach reminds me of Muddy Waters.

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    Posted December 21, 2009

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