Brothers - The Black Keys
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  • Band members: Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney
  • Summary: The latest album for the duo of Daniel Auerbach and Patrick Carney features two tracks produced with Danger Mouse.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 90
    Everything fits in place to up the game of something else, and no part of these finely made blues and soul creations gets a pass on pulling its weight. That’s just how it works for Brothers.
  2. Whether or not you love their music, Brothers represents a champion sound for the duo, one that covers all of their best strengths onto a terrific album; you can’t ask for a better present than that.
  3. Six albums in, the Akron, Ohio, duo's backwoods-Zeppelin shtick remains paramount, but on Brothers, there's a new kind of shrewdness, too: real songwriting, and real hooks, beneath all that mondo riffage.
  4. Brothers is a woozy, murky album, fat as a tick, and riled up like a kicked hornets' nest. Whatever growing pains they've gone through as a pair has been worth it; Brothers hits harder than either of their solo albums.
  5. 78
    The aptly titled Brothers isn't just another Black Keys album; it's the musical product of a cohesive symbiotic partnership. [Spring/Summer 2010, p.103]
  6. Brothers finds the Black Keys digging their own space, one that needn’t be geographically defined.
  7. Yep, there's plenty of life here, but interest wavers when howling barroom guitar-note after howling barroom guitar-note wafts to the back of your brain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Dec 28, 2011
    10
    This album proves that The Black Keys are the best band in the world. Each one of their albums is unique and this album is one of their best yet. Every single song is a knockout. If you like music, this is an absolute must listen Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2014
    10
    Not only is Brothers arguably the best modern rock album there is, it's right up there among best rock albums ever. Brothers keeps the good old rock sound we all love in this era of generic pop. Expand
  3. Mar 8, 2011
    10
    Best album of 2010 no question... Only a few tracks that aren't great. Howlin' For You, Next Girl, Tighten Up, Sinister Kid, She's Long Gone are all instant classics. Expand
  4. Dec 27, 2010
    9
    Brothers is certainly one of the most accessible albums of the year and a few tunes from the Black Keys sixth studio album have already gotten some serious attention. The first single, â Expand
  5. Aug 21, 2010
    9
    the black keys are an incredible band. they have the unique ability to release new albums that are good. Brothers is not just good, it is better than their previous release "Attack and Release" which was also an incredible album Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2011
    9
    An amazingly good album, and their best since Rubber Factory. It evolves their sound without sacrificing anything- the bass and keyboard additions are all tasteful and well placed. It's only fault is that it runs a little too long at almost an hour. The first half of the album is a 10/10, but after "The Only One," it slows down a little too much. A track or two less, and this would be a 10/10. Expand
  7. Dec 3, 2013
    5
    [5.9] The Black Keys could be thoroughly enjoyable if they didn't make such nostalgic records. I can imagine myself enjoying all of the songs on this album, but it is far too reliant on cliches. The songs also suffer from a lack of variation, especially in tempo, instrumentation, and vocals. While almost all of the songs on here are agreeably catchy, and not difficult to listen to, there isn't much interesting about this album; it is plain, repetitive, and doesn't offer much beyond a few listens. Expand

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