Thickfreakness

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While the vast majority of post-punk bands who have an obvious taste for the blues seem to enjoy taking the style apart and messing around with the bits and pieces, the Black Keys are the relative traditionalists within the subgenre. With their two-piece, no-bass format, there's no room for clutter or wank, and the raunchy fuzz of Dan Auerbach's guitar and drummer Patrick Carney's production owes more to the Gories/Blues Explosion/White Stripes school of aural grime than anything else, but look past all that and the Black Keys are a straight-up blues band who could probably cut an album for Alligator if they were willing to clean up their act and fill out the lineup. And ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While the vast majority of post-punk bands who have an obvious taste for the blues seem to enjoy taking the style apart and messing around with the bits and pieces, the Black Keys are the relative traditionalists within the subgenre. With their two-piece, no-bass format, there's no room for clutter or wank, and the raunchy fuzz of Dan Auerbach's guitar and drummer Patrick Carney's production owes more to the Gories/Blues Explosion/White Stripes school of aural grime than anything else, but look past all that and the Black Keys are a straight-up blues band who could probably cut an album for Alligator if they were willing to clean up their act and fill out the lineup. And Alligator would doubtless be glad to have 'em -- the Black Keys's wail is hot, primal, and heartfelt, and Auerback's lean but meaty guitar lines and room-filling vocals drag the blues into the 21st century through sheer force of will without sounding like these guys are in any way mocking their influences. In short, if you're looking for irony, you're out of luck; if you want to hear a rock band confront the blues with soul, muscle, and respect, then Thickfreakness is right up your alley. Points added for the fact that the Black Keys performed, recorded, and produced Thickfreakness all by their lonesome in a single day -- further proof these guys are not messing around.
Spin Magazine - Rob Harvilla
Their sound is a dirty blues growl so devoted to jukejoint authenticity that it makes the White Stripes seem like futurists.
Entertainment Weekly - Will Hermes
A band that both indie-rock kids and graybeard Harley dudes can love. (B+)

A band that both indie-rock kids and graybeard Harley dudes can love. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 045778037124
  • Catalog Number: 80371
  • Sales rank: 9,227

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thickfreakness (3:48)
  2. 2 Hard Row (3:15)
  3. 3 Set You Free (2:46)
  4. 4 Midnight in Her Eyes (4:03)
  5. 5 Have Love Will Travel (3:04)
  6. 6 Hurt Like Mine (3:27)
  7. 7 Everywhere I Go (5:40)
  8. 8 No Trust (3:38)
  9. 9 If You See Me (2:52)
  10. 10 Hold Me in Your Arms (3:19)
  11. 11 I Cry Alone (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Keys Primary Artist
Patrick Carney Drums
Dan Auerbach Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Berry Composer
Junior Kimbrough Composer
The Black Keys Composer
Patrick Carney Producer, Engineer
Dan Auerbach Composer, Engineer
Jeffrey Saltzman Engineer
David T. Viecelli Booking
Michael Carney Artwork
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Like everything else they do: AWESOME!!!!!!

    Like everything else they do: AWESOME!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album!!!!!

    I love this album! Almost every song holds its own and stands out with strength,grit and Auerbach's amazing voice and of course his great guitar work! oh and Patrick Carney's drums My favs- I cry alone,thickfreakness and hurt like mine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    also saw them as an opener

    I was at a Sleater Kinney concert, and these two guys from akron get up on stage and start their blues that sounds like it's coming straight off vinyl. only it's on stage. admitedly, i didn't like it at first, but the gritty sound has totally captivated me and i think that this is their best album--

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    why don't you already have this?

    This is the first album i bought from these guys, but it will not be my last. it is great deep blues rock , auerbach's voice is so great, as with his overdriven guitar with great slides on it too,if you like blues, rock, or especially both,go buy this now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ohio Blues

    Given that these guys are from ohio and a two piece (think white stripes) one is given the notion that they would sound like the white stripes and slipknot colliding. They don't. They sound a heck of a lot like another band called gov't mule (featuring former allman bros warren hayes). they are now a two piece themselves with the death of their bass player, maybe they should look up the black keys for a little inspiration. great record nonetheless, i can't wait to hear the first one they put out. check out "have love will travel"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thickfreakness

    I recently went to a Beck concert, who I have to say is my favorite singer of all time, and one of his opening acts was "The Black Keys". I had never heard of them before, but once they started to play, I really liked them, a lot. With just two guys in the band, they put so much into their music, and it comes out sounding truly awesome. I'm a sorta-fan of "The White Stripes", and a fan of "The Vines", and I have to say, these guys are at the top of the list. There's just no way you can't like listening to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thickfreakness

    I've posted a review once before, and I want to add something that I probably should've stated in my first review. I don't know why people compare The Black Keys to the White Stripes, if in simple terms, just because they both have two people in the band who each play the guitar and the drums, but that's about it. I'd would more compare their music w/ that of R.L. Burnside. These guys are like rock and blues, and not at all like The White Stripes. But they should definitely be in everyone's cd rack. Their talent for just two people totally overrides the lack of a big band. They more than make up for it.

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