Attack & Release - The Black Keys
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 73
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 73
  3. Negative: 3 out of 73

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 70
    Odd touches, from the choir that materializes halfway through 'I Got Mine' to the sonar ping keeping time in 'Oceans & Streams,' add texture yo these impressionistic tales of ramblin' and being done wrong, without ever sacrificing the Keys' raw power. [Apr 2008, p.76]
  2. 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]
  3. Burton was drafted to produce the next album by the group from Akron, Ohio, and the result is the Keys' most multicolored set.