thickfreakness - The Black Keys
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  • Summary: The Akron, Ohio guitar-drums blues duo (needless White Stripes comparison omitted) of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded this sophomore effort in a single 14-hour session.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. The best record to come out this year.
  2. The songs on Thickfreakness are all near masterpieces.
  3. 80
    A rich, compelling album. [Jun 2003, p.93]
  4. Thickfreakness isn't quite their debut, but it's still a powerhouse, even exceeding its ancestor in total spectacle. Raw rock grandeur as so frequently conjured up on this album is hard to come by in any capacity; if that means having to overlook a few minor flaws, it's worth it.
  5. What you hear on Thickfreakness is no less faithful than what old black guys on porches on the Delta have churned out for the last hundred years. [June 2003, p.105]
  6. 70
    When they fall into slow, sullen standards like minimalist closer "I Cry Alone," it's magnificently evil. [#59, p.86]
  7. Thickfreakness is an unrelentingly dour record - perhaps this music was best left in the past.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. MattyJ
    Dec 21, 2004
    10
    Stylus wouldn't know it's ear from it's arsehole. Hear The Black Keys and feel your trousers move !!!!
  2. GreggR
    Apr 29, 2003
    10
    "THICKFREAKNESS" is my favorite CD.I play it everyday.And looking back,just a month ago,I thought these two cats from Akron would have one helluva time topping"THE BIG COME UP"!Already "yearnin" for album #3!The Black Keys have rejuvenated my interest in music... Expand
  3. Jan 30, 2012
    10
    Kick ass blues rock and my favorite Keys record to date. Basically love every track on the record. Favorite tracks: Hold Me in Your Arms Hard Row
    If You See Me
    Thickfreakness
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  4. markr
    Jul 23, 2005
    10
    go danny--i been waitin all my life for you guys
  5. JulissaG
    Oct 6, 2006
    10
    Cool ass album! Rock and Blues= Heaven!
  6. CPD
    Feb 12, 2011
    10
    An exceptional effort for a band this early into its career, Thickfreakness provides listeners with a prodigious heap of independent blues-rock goodness. One of, if not the, best Black Keys records to date. Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2011
    6
    Thickfreakness is an improvement on the first album but can be a little dull and repetitive in the later songs of the album but still a relatively decent record. Expand

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