El Camino - The Black Keys
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Dec 5, 2011
    90
    More than any other Black Keys album, El Camino is an outright party, playing like a collection of 11 lost 45 singles, each one having a bigger beat or dirtier hook than the previous side.
  2. 91
    They've teamed up with longtime producer Danger Mouse to do what they do best.
  3. 100
    Sometimes, a CD scratches an itch you didn't even know you had, and El Camino is that record.
  4. May 31, 2012
    100
    It's never just meat and potatoes. It's more like eating bone marrow in a fashionable restaurant - earthy, carnivorous but still beautifully designed and knowingly conceptualized. [Jan 2012, p.88]
  5. Dec 5, 2011
    83
    El Camino is yet another ear-pleasing installment in the catalog of a consistently impressive band.
  6. Dec 7, 2011
    90
    The brilliance of El Camino lies in the fact that it is still perfectly modern, a step in the direction of legitimizing the use of vocal effects, multi-tracking and ultimately catchy choruses.
  7. Nov 29, 2011
    88
    The trick to El Camino is how steady it runs; whereas past left turns have been distractions, this is what happens when the pedal is floored.
  8. Dec 1, 2011
    100
    They sound like a band who think they've made the year's best rock'n'roll album, probably because that's exactly what they've done.
  9. 100
    There's an urgency and drive about these tracks that's simply exhilarating.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 212 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Dec 6, 2011
    10
    Catchy and captivating; this is the best rock album of 2011 by far. The Black Keys have stepped into the space left by The White Stripes, and established their role as the best blues/rock band out there at the moment. Full Review »
  2. Dec 7, 2011
    7
    This is a great album, but I think the tens are a bit much. The album goes by quickly, everything sounds generally great, the lyrics are okay (nothing thought compelling), and the vocals are TBK standard. Great album, just not a ten. Sadly (looking down the road), I think TBK's are riding a wave of only somewhat justified hype in a misleading sea of musical garbage. Full Review »
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    10
    Lots of good songs on here, they all kick ass in so many ways. This album proves that there is still good rock and roll out there. Thank you Black Keys for making awesome music, top 5 album of the year. Full Review »