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  • Artist(s): 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. That’s the great thing about the Black Keys in general and Brothers in particular: the past and present intermingle so thoroughly that they blur, yet there’s no affect, just three hundred pounds of joy.
  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. Mojo
    80
    The old stomp is still here, but Alabama has stoked The Black Keys' dark side. [June 2010, p. 93]
  5. Filter
    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. More Waitrose advert than classic Wrigley’s; the Black Keys’ raw power’s been polished. Some things are meant to stay rough around the edges.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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 bestThis 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 goodNot 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 GoneBest 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 gottenBrothers 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. Jul 14, 2011
    9
    An amazingly good album, and their best since Rubber Factory. It evolves their sound without sacrificing anything- the bass and keyboardAn 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
  6. Dec 28, 2011
    9
    The Black Keys have added white keys and now sound a complete band. Having been a fan of Magic Potion and Attack and Release for the simpleThe Black Keys have added white keys and now sound a complete band. Having been a fan of Magic Potion and Attack and Release for the simple beauty of the riffs, the catchiness of the songs and the invention displayed by this two piece, I like Brothers for its deliberately less White-Stripes approach. Now they sound like a band, not some odd 3 wheeled vehicle, and the are all the better for it. A few detractors may criticize the more adult production, but I see it as inevitable progress. I think Dan is one of the best riff writers ever, and the whole thing smacks of greater professionalism in a positive way. Still simple, bluesy, energetic and committed, this is one great record. 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[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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