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.