Magic Potion - The Black Keys
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

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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. CharlesR
    Sep 16, 2006
    10
    Listened to absentmindedly the album runs together. Lisened to carefully each song reveals a carefully constructed (though subtle) Listened to absentmindedly the album runs together. Lisened to carefully each song reveals a carefully constructed (though subtle) inventiveness that pushes the Black Keys' limits. Heavy, dark, painful, with highlights of tenderness and shocking emotional weakness, Magic Potion is the best effort from one of the best rock bands in recent history. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 19, 2006
    9
    Solid album.
  3. Duncan
    Jan 31, 2007
    9
    Excellent album - took a few listens to get into admittedly, but so do many great albums. I really don't get the average reviews from Q, Excellent album - took a few listens to get into admittedly, but so do many great albums. I really don't get the average reviews from Q, NME and Mojo. I suppose the Keys aren't "cool" at the moment so the hip critics are standing on the fence, obviously with the option of backtracking in the future. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 14, 2006
    8
    Solid album.
  5. ChrisD.
    Oct 21, 2006
    7
    Dan comes up with some incredible riffs! While this is not my favorite album of their's there are some jams that are easily becoming Dan comes up with some incredible riffs! While this is not my favorite album of their's there are some jams that are easily becoming favorites. In my opinion they sound like what Zeppelin might have sounded like had they formed in the 50's with a John Lee Hooker influenced front man. By the way Tylerr M, you might want to do a little research about the bands name because it's NOT a reference to the myth you speak of, but a phrase that is used by a schizophrenic artist from their hometown who refers to things that are "not right" or people he doesn't like as black keys. Get your story straight before posting, because YOU obviously do not know what you're "throwing your support behind"!! Expand
  6. 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 easilyMagic 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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  7. TylerrM
    Oct 6, 2006
    3
    This band's name is a really stupid reference the musical myth that it is more diffucult to write or play music using the only black This band's name is a really stupid reference the musical myth that it is more diffucult to write or play music using the only black keys of a piano- its not. It might not be the biggest deal to everyone, but I think some people care about this sort of thing and might want to know EXACTLY what they're throwing their support behind. Expand

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