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. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    Shockingly well done... a remarkable album. [3 Sep 2004, p.73]
  2. 100
    Some called their first two albums derivative, but with this third disc the guys wrestle their greased-up garage boogie until they own it.
  3. Planet
    90
    The sparse arrangements and DIY aesthetic give the Keys a rock and roll genuineness that's missing from their contemporaries. [#8, p.79]
  4. The most exciting and best rock & roll record of 2004.
  5. The Black Keys play the kind of raw, sensual blues-rock that makes you want to hide your girlfriend and warn your mom.
  6. Filter
    86
    More of the same meaty riffs meet familiar sweaty rhythms to take you down to the Midwestern delta one more time. [#12, p.95]
  7. It picks up right where Thickfreakness left off-- outside the bar in the gravel parking lot, swinging aggressively with Dan Auerbach's ferocious six-string and Patrick Carney's cymbal-and-snare seizures-- and brings the noise one step further.
  8. Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach deliver a much more consistent and musically varied album with Rubber Factory, yet don’t sacrifice the guitar rock that made their previous two albums so much fun.
  9. This is deceptively simple, back-to-basics rock music that no honest American can help but enjoy.
  10. Sounds like it's coming from bluesmasters who've lived twice as long and seen three times as much.
  11. Rubber Factory finds inspiration in decay, and signals a hopeful future for the Black Keys.
  12. Their sound is no more polished than the tracks were on their last album, the also-great thickfreakness, but there's an air of stronger confidence on Rubber Factory.
  13. Mojo
    80
    The duo-only, no bass required songs don't lack for sonic depth. [Sep 2004, p.98]
  14. The disc makes a lot of noise, and it sounds great in the process.
  15. Rubber Factory is not as consistent an offering as Thickfreakness.... But make no mistake, the strengths here more than amend for the weaknesses.
  16. This album shows that these guys have plenty of room to expand stylistically while still absolutely owning blues rock.
  17. Spin
    75
    Doesn't sound as raw as they probably wanted it to. [Oct 2004, p.120]
  18. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    It's just a shame that quieter moments such as 'The Lengths' sound a little weedy in comparison. [4 Sep 2004, p.72]
  19. Q Magazine
    70
    Innovation isn't on the agenda, but thanks to some stomping tunes and Auerbach's oak-smoked vocals, it's another rock-solid enterprise. [Sep 2004, p.119]
  20. Uncut
    70
    It's terrific, lively fun--soulful, even--as long as nobody tries to tell you there's something radical about it. [Sep 2004, p.101]
  21. Blender
    70
    Auerbach's fat, rocketing riffs are rivaled only by his Delta-dipped drawl. [Oct 2004, p.114]
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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