Attack & Release - The Black Keys
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  • Summary: Daniel Auerbach and Patrick Carney release their fifth full-length album, produced by Danger Mouse.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
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  1. What’s most impressive about Attack & Release is how they’ve raised their vocal and compositional game in accord with the sonic enhancements, bringing an unexpected poignancy to their earthy funkiness. Every track is a stunner.
  2. Their soul is in no way hurt by the production but instead, this is one of those many times where Danger Mouse’s production has truly aided in creating a terrific album from start to finish.
  3. Clever but tasteful arrangements and an impeccable shine make songs like 'Same Old Thing' seem anything but.
  4. 70
    Mostly the Keys just staple stuff to their good ol' R&B raunch and let 'er rip. [Apr 2008, p.92]
  5. In the end we’re left with a solid, sympathetically-performed record that only intermittently comes to life, which is either a subtle victory or a hollow triumph of taste over gutbucket soul, depending on which way you look at it.
  6. As it is, it's an encouraging (re)start.
  7. Diversifying their palette would seem like a good idea, but Attack & Release proves that the more straightforward the better. [Spring 2008, p.74]

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  1. Dec 23, 2010
    7
    Album starts off good. "All You Ever Wanted", "Strange Times", "I Got Mine". Some solid tracks but others feel kinda bland. Still nevertheless a good album by The Black Keys. B Expand
  2. Jul 6, 2013
    7
    This whole album is generally more interesting than their previous effort "Magic Potion". The sound is fuller and more experimental.

    But
    all in all I just miss the urgent GUTPUNCH of their early records. There new sound strays from the blues and goes for more of a garage rock feel with ambient overtones which is way better than Magic Potions just garage rock sound.

    Like Magic Potion, there arent any tracks that grab you immediately but a couple songs are real strong. Highlights are:

    "Psychotic Girl" and "Things ain't Like they Used to Be" are solid.
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  3. j30
    Nov 29, 2011
    7
    Attack & Release, the 5th LP from blues rock duo, is the Black Keys big turning point in the sound and direction.
  4. Jul 14, 2011
    6
    It's a decent attempt at evolving their sound after they took their gritty blues rock as far as they could in their previous albums, but this just misses as many times as it hits. It features a few great cuts like "I Got Mine," "Oceans and Streams," and "Remember When (Side B)," but the rest too often fail to impress or keep the listeners' attention ("Remember When (Side A)," "Same Old Thing"). After having heard the follow-up album Brothers, this seems weak by comparison. Expand

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