Magic Potion - The Black Keys
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  • Summary: This is the fourth LP for the minimalist blues-rock duo of Patrick Carney (drums) and Dan Auedback (vocals/guitar).
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Looser, but no less excellent, than their last collection. [15 Sep 2006, p.72]
  2. This is the band's best yet. [Sep 2006, p.73]
  3. 80
    They take their place among the scruffiest, ugliest and most crowd-pleasing bad guys the West has ever spat out. [Sep 2006, p.131]
  4. 70
    More than ever, Magic Potion hears the duo transitioning from blues to blues-based. [#73, p.87]
  5. They wisely avoid toying with any Darkness-style irony, but the Keys' insistence on authenticity does leave the album a little flat and humourless. [2 Sep 2006, p.21]
  6. Magic Potion is a record where overwhelming competence meets measured restraint, but for me, sacrilege trumps sincerity, and I'd rather hear tuneful blasphemy than a tasteful snoozer of an album.
  7. As the album progresses, it becomes harder and harder to distinguish between one song and the next.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jan 4, 2012
    9
    I don't understand all the low reviews for this album, Magic Potion is a great album, and is a turning point for the BK's as far as their sound. Yea it's not their best album, but it's far better than El Camino and Attack and Release. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2013
    6
    Magic Potion feels like a step back. It reminds me of their first album, The Big Come up. It is good but its standard fare blues that easily fades in the background. There just isn't enough going on to knock your socks off like the production and melodies on Rubber Factory. It isnt weird enough to notice like Chulahoma EP. And it isn't brash enough to notice like ThickFreakness.

    Theres a couple stand out tracks: Your Touch and The Flame. The rest is pretty take it or leave it.

    Here's to hoping they add to their sound and take some chances next time around.
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  3. Jul 14, 2011
    5
    This one of their weaker efforts. A few good tracks aside (like "Your Touch"), this sounds like some band trying to imitate The Black Keys. The production is too clean and subdued- much the fuzzy grittiness is gone, as well as almost all guitar overdubbing, making their two instrument effort very bland; the soundspace is rarely ever filled out as well as on Rubber Factory or Thickfreakness (two great albums). The songs themselves are extremely repetitive, featuring nothing much other than simple single-note-at-a-time guitar riffs, many of which are in the same key making the repetition even more noticeable. It's difficult to distinguish one track from another listening straight through. The Black Keys had taken their two man, two instrument sound as far as they could with this release and its predecessors. Fortunately, they figured out how to build upon this let-down with their 2010 stellar record Brothers (an album I'd give a 9/10 without hesitation). Expand
  4. j30
    Nov 29, 2011
    5
    Magic Potion feels flat, nothing stands out that is neither musically groundbreaking or just fun to listen to.

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