Rubber Factory - The Black Keys
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Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

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  • Summary: The blues-rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney return with their third album, so-named because it was recorded in a deserted rubber (tire) factory.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
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  1. Shockingly well done... a remarkable album. [3 Sep 2004, p.73]
  2. 90
    The sparse arrangements and DIY aesthetic give the Keys a rock and roll genuineness that's missing from their contemporaries. [#8, p.79]
  3. The most exciting and best rock & roll record of 2004.
  4. The disc makes a lot of noise, and it sounds great in the process.
  5. Rubber Factory finds inspiration in decay, and signals a hopeful future for the Black Keys.
  6. This album shows that these guys have plenty of room to expand stylistically while still absolutely owning blues rock.
  7. There's a bit more quiet time on this effort. [Nov 2004, p.149]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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 "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.) Expand
  2. JeremyS
    Sep 15, 2004
    10
    There is a rare breed of bands that can release an album that is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish; The Black Keys are the newest addition. They provide a full spectrum of blues rock sound, each color done spectacularly well. It would be unfair to even judge this album against others, it's a radical new sound on a higher level than most. Expand
  3. ThomasL
    Jul 7, 2006
    10
    exceptional modern blues. the black keys most diverse effort.
  4. DaveV
    Sep 9, 2004
    9
    Sonic Insanity!!!! This what Robert Johnson might sound like if he had been able to plug in.
  5. DDub
    Sep 3, 2007
    9
    Gritty dirty blues music. I think I have said enough.
  6. Lisa
    Jan 12, 2005
    9
    I first heard the Black Keys' All Hands Against His Own on a web radio stream, and instantly liked it. When I heard 10AM Automatic, I knew I had to have Rubber Factory. Stack Shot Billy is really growing on me -- it's so bluesy/funky. Awesome disc !! Expand
  7. Feb 4, 2012
    6
    Not sure what I'm missing here, but this is just a regular blues rock, and the songs are OK but nothing really original or great (Black Crowes and countless others before them all the way back to 60's did a lot better). Not sure where these high scores come from.. Expand

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