• Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Apr 1, 2008
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 79
  2. Negative: 3 out of 79

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  1. DanH
    Apr 18, 2008
    9
    Still has that Black Keys feel to it, but manages to evolve their sound into something unique and different from their other albums. A great album with virtually no filler.
  2. GW
    Apr 3, 2008
    10
    I think the PopMatters synopsis says it best..."this album IS a musical grand slam and the Keys' career is one long winning streak." Attack & Release has enough of a change in production to make it stand out from Magic Potion and Thickfreakness. This album is a MUST HAVE.
  3. ChristianP.
    Apr 4, 2008
    10
    Expanded their sound without taking anything away from the heart of it. Incredible album.
  4. ChrisB.
    Apr 14, 2008
    10
    Best one yet! I really like their new sound.
  5. Donnie
    Apr 3, 2008
    10
    Best Black Keys album..seems they are refreshed after Magic Portion and having much fun playing these great tunes..a modern classic.
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.