Attack & Release - The Black Keys

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  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. The result is a flawless (post)modernisation of heartland rock that wears its lovelorn pessimism proudly on its ruffled sleeve.
  3. 93
    Attack & Release is a great accomplishment for both The Black Keys and Danger Mouse, who have proven good things can not only last, but sometimes, actually get better. [Winter, 2008, p.91]
  4. Somehow the quirks enhance the power of the desolation at the core, and prove that gut-grabbing and ear stroking needn't be mutually exclusive. [4 Apr 2008, p.61]
  5. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. j30
    Nov 29, 2011
    Attack & Release, the 5th LP from blues rock duo, is the Black Keys big turning point in the sound and direction.
  2. Jul 6, 2013
    This whole album is generally more interesting than their previous effort "Magic Potion". The sound is fuller and more experimental.

    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. Jul 14, 2011
    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. Full Review »