Rubber Factory - The Black Keys
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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
    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
    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
    exceptional modern blues. the black keys most diverse effort.
  4. DaveV
    Sep 9, 2004
    Sonic Insanity!!!! This what Robert Johnson might sound like if he had been able to plug in.
  5. DDub
    Sep 3, 2007
    Gritty dirty blues music. I think I have said enough.
  6. Lisa
    Jan 12, 2005
    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
    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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