Album Reviews: Rubber Factory by The Black KeysGod love guitar freaks. They bring out the best in us. They kick us in the gut and make us love it, all while channeling Da Lord's pain and pleasure through six steel strings. Sometimes, especially in this pomo age of synthesizers and samplers, they're lost in the cultural mix, which is odd considering that they lifted rock 'n' roll out of the blues and country doghouse and into the arenas.
All of this is another way of saying that The Black Keys, unlike their oppositionally monikered homies from Detroit, The White Stripes, are true rock heroes in the old-fashioned Jimmy Page way. No color-coded cuteness, no sibling intercourse, no MTV krap -- just hardcore blues-rock like Stevie Ray Vaughan perfected before his untimely.
Featuring only guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, the Keys' latest joint fills your speakers to the brim like they were beer mugs. Auerbach's gritty delivery matches perfectly with Carney's drumskin abuse on shredders like "10AM Automatic" and "The Desperate Man." And his guitar work? Reread the first sentence of this review for more on that score. So far, these guys haven't missed a step, so you shouldn't sleep on stepping to the music store and grabbing Rubber Factory. Now. - Scott Thill, Morphizm.com
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