Rubber Factory

  • Record Label: Epitaph
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 2004
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Alternative Press
    60
    There's a bit more quiet time on this effort. [Nov 2004, p.149]
  2. Rolling Stone
    60
    High-impact scuzz-blues that aims for prime Hendrix and almost gets there. [30 Sep 2004, p.186]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. CalebQ
    Jan 9, 2005
    10
    Gritty garage blues-rock at its finest. Perfect for the hip indiephile tired od philosophical verse and Pixies ripoffs. My personal faves are Gritty garage blues-rock at its finest. Perfect for the hip indiephile tired od philosophical verse and Pixies ripoffs. My personal faves are "Act Nice And Gentle", a perfect honly-tonk jam; and "Stack Shot Billy", with witty songwriting along with the Lava-soap rock. After eating nothing but strange foreign dishes and crazy tastes your friends suggested, its refreshing to just get a huge steak. And the Black Keys serve this slab hot and juicy. (Warning: may cure musical jadedness.) Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2016
    8
    The best studio album I've heard from the Keys. The instrumentation is basic, but that is what makes the Black Keys sound so great. Love theThe best studio album I've heard from the Keys. The instrumentation is basic, but that is what makes the Black Keys sound so great. Love the first two songs, especially the catchy and bouncy "10 A.M. Automatic". Full Review »
  3. Jul 2, 2013
    8
    Key word: VARIETY. This is the first Black Keys album with some variety and that alone makes this a much stronger record than their first two.Key word: VARIETY. This is the first Black Keys album with some variety and that alone makes this a much stronger record than their first two. It isn't easy to bring variation to the blues formula but Rubber Factory does it. This record would have been flawless if they cut the last 3 songs and plucked "grown so ugly" out of the catalog as the rest is great.

    It sounds and feels bigger. I was pretty take it or leave it when it came to blues music, but this album has me into it big time.
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