Rubber Factory - The Black Keys
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Universal acclaim- based on 72 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. The Black Keys play the kind of raw, sensual blues-rock that makes you want to hide your girlfriend and warn your mom.
  3. 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. This album shows that these guys have plenty of room to expand stylistically while still absolutely owning blues rock.
  5. 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.
  6. The disc makes a lot of noise, and it sounds great in the process.
  7. High-impact scuzz-blues that aims for prime Hendrix and almost gets there. [30 Sep 2004, p.186]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
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  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.) 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 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 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 CrowesNot 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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