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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    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. Planet
    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. Rolling Stone
    60
    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: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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. LukeM
    Sep 13, 2004
    10
    Vintage Keys! I put it in the CD player for the first time expecting to be blown away, and I wasn't disappointed. Excellent job.
  3. DaveR
    Nov 5, 2004
    10
    Hell yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. KatieH
    Oct 26, 2004
    9
    near-perfect. energetic, wild and full of life.
  5. DDub
    Sep 3, 2007
    9
    Gritty dirty blues music. I think I have said enough.
  6. Apr 1, 2016
    8
    The best studio album I've heard from the Keys. The instrumentation is basic, but that is what makes the Black Keys sound so great. Love theThe best studio album I've heard from the Keys. The instrumentation is basic, but that is what makes the Black Keys sound so great. Love the first two songs, especially the catchy and bouncy "10 A.M. Automatic". Expand
  7. Feb 4, 2021
    5
    I consider this album a much darker version of Thickfreakness but it just didn't capture me in the same way. I know a lot of people love thisI consider this album a much darker version of Thickfreakness but it just didn't capture me in the same way. I know a lot of people love this album but I feel very indifferent towards it. Expand

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