thickfreakness - The Black Keys

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. If you're looking for irony, you're out of luck; if you want to hear a rock band confront the blues with soul, muscle, and respect, then thickfreakness is right up your alley.
  5. A lesson in untouched simplicity, raw groove and my-woman-done-left-me throat wobbling. [Jun 2003, p.94]
  6. Sounds like something carved out of the earth, a soulful howl of Hendrixian guitars and Zeppelin stomp.
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. 70
    When they fall into slow, sullen standards like minimalist closer "I Cry Alone," it's magnificently evil. [#59, p.86]
  10. A steamy, boozy, looser take on the amped-up miserablism of the band's overly rigid 2002 debut The Big Come Up.
  11. 58
    The production is muddy, the sentiments vague. [June 2003, p.105]
  12. Thickfreakness is an unrelentingly dour record - perhaps this music was best left in the past.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 2, 2013
    The music here is thin but you gotta respect what two people can pull off on their own. It does get a little same-y and you gotta like blues rock to get into this because this band is steadfast in their sound.

    I have always believed The Black Keys to be just a tad overrated and I still feel that way. They are good. And this is good. But it can all blur together. There are some real highlights. Top 3 being

    7) Everywhere I go
    5) Have Love Will Travel
    1) Title Track thickfreakness
    Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2012
    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
    Full Review »
  3. Jan 15, 2012
    Gotta go for a 10/10. Such a brave, intelligent album, thoroughly blues from the first track to the last, back to the roots of rock n roll.
    approached the album not knowing it would be so "pure" sound-wise but expecting a more elaborate rock n roll texture. Needless to say the simplicity of it all conquered me. Full Review »