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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the blues rock duo of an Auerbach and Patrick Carney was produced by Danger Mouse.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. 100
    There’s an ever-expanding diversity of appeal to Turn Blue that should win new fans and please the faithful.
  2. May 12, 2014
    83
    Turn Blue, though, is the sound of Auerbach and Carney eagerly and grandiosely taking things into their own (and, if you want, Burton’s) hands.
  3. May 16, 2014
    80
    This may be the most raucously uplifting divorce album ever heard.
  4. May 12, 2014
    75
    Over seven increasingly ambitious albums, they refined the approach, and Turn Blue contains their most atmospheric and somber music yet.
  5. May 13, 2014
    70
    If you were hankering for a return to their garage-rock roots, then Turn Blue is going to disappoint; however, if you’ve liked where the band have gone since Dangermouse came on board, you’ll find plenty to appreciate here.
  6. May 29, 2014
    60
    On Turn Blue you can tell the duo remain integral and solidly at the core, new influences or not.
  7. May 13, 2014
    37
    A pronounced feeling of descent pervades Turn Blue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. May 13, 2014
    10
    THIS ALBUM IS GOD. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BEING ONE OF THE EARLY CHOSEN FEW THINGS TO LISTEN TO THIS THING. AND. IT. IS. GUD. In allTHIS ALBUM IS GOD. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BEING ONE OF THE EARLY CHOSEN FEW THINGS TO LISTEN TO THIS THING. AND. IT. IS. GUD. In all seriousness this album is a brilliant piece of work and easily my favorite effort by The Black Keys to date. Expand
  2. May 13, 2014
    9
    Quite a great album. It reminded me of "Brothers". The music, thanks in particular to the guitar solos, is nearly impeccable. The otherQuite a great album. It reminded me of "Brothers". The music, thanks in particular to the guitar solos, is nearly impeccable. The other aspects of the music are just as good, but it was the solos that really got my attention. Dan Auerbach's vocal performance is as good as ever.

    With the exception of the riveting "Fever", you can't consider any track to be exactly catchy. But in the case of The Black Keys, it doesn't have to be so to be great.
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  3. May 26, 2014
    9
    This album shows a very different and mature style of The Black Keys. There are more synths and less guitars. Songs like "Fever" and "10This album shows a very different and mature style of The Black Keys. There are more synths and less guitars. Songs like "Fever" and "10 Lovers" demonstrate that.

    HIGHLIGHTS: "Weight Of Love", "Turn Blue", "Year In Review, and "Gotta Get Away"

    FINAL SCORE: 9/10
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  4. May 20, 2014
    8
    This new album turns to a new direction but still stays on the same faithful path as "Turn Blue" is filled with ambitious aspirations for theThis new album turns to a new direction but still stays on the same faithful path as "Turn Blue" is filled with ambitious aspirations for the fans. The ambiance and atmosphere of the album is an empowering positive element, yet it somehow lacks in the aggressive tone of garage rock that we are used to expect from The Black Keys. Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2021
    7
    It's certainly different and stands out from previous work, Turn Blue features plenty of tracks I like. I really have no major issues with itIt's certainly different and stands out from previous work, Turn Blue features plenty of tracks I like. I really have no major issues with it at all. I just prefer some of their other work more than this. Expand
  6. May 18, 2014
    6
    It's a'ight. That's about as much as I can say. They dip into 60's, 70's and a bit of 80's even.It's a'ight. That's about as much as I can say. They dip into 60's, 70's and a bit of 80's even. Meh................................................................................................................................................... Expand
  7. May 21, 2014
    1
    No this album doesn't deserve a score of 1. But gosh darn it, I just hated it that much. It's more along a 3, but regardless I feel physicalNo this album doesn't deserve a score of 1. But gosh darn it, I just hated it that much. It's more along a 3, but regardless I feel physical pain when put through this torture fest. There's maybe one alright track here. The rest, forget about it.

    Another bland album but yet another bland band. Hey guys, dad rock isn't cool. And adding your generic indie flare certainly doesn't help either. You guys said Nickelback was awful? How ironic.
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