Thickfreakness review by The Black Keys

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  • Released: Apr 8, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (22 votes)
The Black Keys: Thickfreakness

Sound — 10
The Black Keys are a primal, garagey blues band. Think of the White Stripes without timpani or piano, more complicated drumming (no offense to Meg, shes brilliant) and a growly, deep voice. I dont make this comparison as a way of saying the Black Keys are imitations; they are simply not well known enough, which is not becoming to their great talent. The entire album was recorded and produced in a day, yet never feels rushed, keeping a relaxed mood. The drumming recalls Jeremiah Green from Modest Mouse for me, and Auerbachs heavily distorted guitar go easily with his deep vocals.

Lyrics — 8
Auerbachs lyrics are good, mainly dealing with relationships and travelling. The entire album has a travelling mood, sort of a cd to put in on the car in a road trip. However, Dan Auerbach loses ground on Jack White here; Dan gets straight to the point, but Jack's lyrics are simply a class better. His lyrics are best on I Cry Alone; "My girl had a hold on me/so tight that I could not see." The mood of this track is amazing.

Overall Impression — 10
Thickfreakness, as well as having awesome cover art, is a very good lo-fi blues record. Personal favourite tracks for me was the opening title track, Hurt Like Mine and the heart-wrenching closer I Cry Alone.

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    mate the black keys are totally different to the white stripes. you cant compare them
    samisabig1 wrote: mate the black keys are totally different to the white stripes. you cant compare them
    They definitely have similarities, the black keys are better though.