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  • Summary: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded covers of Mississippi hill country blues songs in Nashville over two sessions with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    The rugged Delta Kream captures the essence of what made this North Mississippi music so distinctive. While even this stellar lineup can’t truly replicate the dangerous backwoods stomp that injected a shot of adrenaline into the bloodstream of Carney and Auerbach all those years ago, it comes awfully close.
  2. May 14, 2021
    80
    The now hugely successful pair can’t perhaps sing Burnside’s Poor Boy a Long Way from Home with any great factual accuracy nowadays, but they sound thoroughly in their comfort zone and utterly in their element.
  3. May 19, 2021
    80
    Picking up largely neglected threads from their early work, the album solidifies the Akron duo as one of the most vital and credible blues-rock bands active today.
  4. May 12, 2021
    70
    This casual record isn’t meant to change the world, it is just a deep dive into the tunes the duo love; less a major release than a passion project but by adding Deaton and Brown to these sessions The Black Keys blues workouts on Delta Kream go down smooth.
  5. May 17, 2021
    70
    There are a few misses, however. ’Do The Romp’ is sheer bar room bluster, while ‘Coal Black Mattie’ seems to stray too far into the line of being merely copyist. Yet when it works, it certainly works – potent and atmospheric ‘Delta Kream’ undoubtedly has its heart in the right place, while the core material stands as some of the most addictive elements of modern blues songwriting.
  6. May 14, 2021
    70
    Laconic and acidly textured, Delta Kream is a perfect balance of the Black Keys' lo-fi swagger and keen ear for the Mississippi blues traditions that inspired it.
  7. May 11, 2021
    60
    While Brown's easygoing, singing guitar is the clear star throughout the record, something feels off overall, since the renditions here rarely live up to the originals. [May 2021, p.75]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 14, 2021
    10
    I dig this. I do not understand the negative reviews of this album, but hey, I am just a guy. Easygoing tunes during a terrible pandemic.I dig this. I do not understand the negative reviews of this album, but hey, I am just a guy. Easygoing tunes during a terrible pandemic. 10/10 from me. All the best. Expand
  2. May 16, 2021
    10
    This is a tremendous Blues tribute album to The Black Keys heroes. Pay little or no attention to those mixed or negative reviews. Dan andThis is a tremendous Blues tribute album to The Black Keys heroes. Pay little or no attention to those mixed or negative reviews. Dan and Patrick nail each note here and present a proper covers album. If you liked their EP Chulahoma you are going to absolutely dig this. To me this album teleports me to a smoky late night Blues Juke Joint....sit back and enjoy. Expand
  3. May 27, 2021
    10
    A such a great album, rock and blues sounds perfectly fine, the music transport to Mississippi
  4. May 21, 2021
    9
    Note to myself that the black keys will never make a bad album. Even if it's a cover album. I love the execution of sound. These songs areNote to myself that the black keys will never make a bad album. Even if it's a cover album. I love the execution of sound. These songs are mostly out of date but they managed to give it a go for us
    Sure it's not their usual garage album but it's not their target. Overall a good cover album
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  5. Jun 9, 2021
    9
    A smooth and addictive set of tunes that feels completely effortless while being technically impressive. One of my favorite Black Keys records.
  6. May 17, 2021
    8
    This album's pretty cool. It's a lot different than the type of music I usually listen to, but I actually find myself thinking this is prettyThis album's pretty cool. It's a lot different than the type of music I usually listen to, but I actually find myself thinking this is pretty good. Definitely worth the 35 dollars I spent on preordering this record. Expand
  7. May 15, 2021
    4
    I absolutely love the Black Keys.
    I get that it's a blues cover album, I just miss the Garage-sound they normally have.

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