by The Black Keys
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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.

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Release Date: 04/08/2003
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0045778037124
catalogNumber: 80371
Rank: 36263

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Thickfreakness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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"
Guest More than 1 year ago
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--
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
anonymousCA More than 1 year ago
Like everything else they do: AWESOME!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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