Brothers sees Black Keys evolve and are aided superbly again by the exceptional Danger Mouse, Brothers sees The Black Keys toddle away from their mother blues into slightly different territory. The music is thinker with the use of more instrumentation and more layered sound. Stand-out tracks Everlasting Light and You're The Only One see Auerbach employing a great falsetto to his repertoire. Howlin For You sees wonderful glam drumming with only the obligatory "Hey" at the end of each bar missing. Though still heavily soaked in delta blues, this album is heavy on glam-rock licks and rhythm and is a pure joy to listen to. Its easy to criticise a band for trying to evolve and Black Keys succeed and pull it off, much to the chagrin of their obstructionist die hard fan base but so be it, they won't be missed. There's plenty on this album for those who feel Black Keys don't need to stray too far from their formula with I'm Not The One and Too Afraid To Love You both waving the Delta flag. I was a huge fan of the Black Keys before Brothers feeling that Attack And Release could not be topped (this after feeling the same about Rubber Factory). What's also great is that the US vinyl version of this record on nonesuch comes with a full cd promo of the album just like Attack And Release did. MP3 codes are good, but this is the real thing - add to this a massive fold out lyrics poster and the package is very good value. I can't recommend this version enough.
Great album, very consistent all throughout, no noticable duds. I absolutely love The Black Keys' style. Immediatelly added this one to my collection. Saying all that I'm not 100% sure about my rating, it gets 5 stars as I imagine I'll only like it more with more listenings.
One of my favorite albums, by one of my favorite bands. It's not as rough and raw as Thickfreakness, nor is it as polished and dreamy as Turn Blue. This album is perfectly in the middle, and perfectly situated the Black Keys as one of the best rock bands in a generation.
I gotta say, that was pretty awesome. One of the best albums i've heard from this century, hands down.
One of those bands whose every song is at least a three-star to my ears and each one is rather unique. Definitely enough 5-stars in here for me to rate the entire thing a 5.
Still love this album. This time around gave me the opportunity to listen to it in its entirety from start to finish at least 5 times. So wonderful.
Great album. Love every track.
love the sound, interesting yet consistent rock style
Ugh, this is a great album! The blues, the backing tracks, the lyrics and vocals. Fantastic!
One of my favourite albums
Really enjoyed it. Didn't know I liked the black keys
This album was super mainstream but I low key love it, maybe one song I’d skip on the whole thing.
i love this album so much and i'm not even a dude who went through breakup
The is really a fabulous album. The gritty blues rock is so well done... every song seems to find a groove and warrants a repeat listen. Having a hard time deciding between a 4 and a 5, but I think it shines well enough for the 5. Awesome.
One of my all time favorite albums. Love the songs and the dynamics of the vocals. The guitar and drum sounds are quintessential bad ass Black Keys. The sleeper on this album is how well they incorporate the keys.
Enjoyed the album a lot, I had heard a few black keys singles but I wasn’t very familiar with them.
Wanted to give this album a 4.5/5, but I’ll give it a 5 because it kicks ass
Great with depicting things they may have not experienced through the eyes of someone else and possibly all the feelings that come with those experiences. Listened to half the album in the shower and it seemed as though no matter how much soap I had lathered on me I could not wash away the grime and leather smell that was waving through my ear canal.
I decided to renew my effort, and listened to most of it. I felt like half the songs were meant to be played with James Bond holding an assault rifle over his shoulder as he walks towards the camera and an explosion goes off behind him in slow motion. This is music for car commercials and ordering a Micheloeb Lite at the bar before going over to challenge the hot girl at a game of pool. The other half were fillers.
J’adore cette albumm, je connaissais deja mais ca faisait du bien en 2010 d’avoir un bon son rock fuzze a la radio. El camino qui suit a continuer la tendance et cetst pourquoi cette albummse merite un 5
I have heard a number of songs from this album but never listened to the whole album start to finish. I like how the Black Keys draw on classic rock and blues styles but bring something new to the table.
Bleak, sketchy sounds few & far between from earlier albums. All great
Tighten Up" Released: April 23, 2010 "Howlin' for You" Released: January 25, 2011 "Next Girl" Released:
Great album, lots of powerful guitars, bold drums and distinctive vocals. Howling for you is by far the best track but generally, a great, powerful album
Nick really liked this one
Everything I want out of a garage rock album. Just solid crunchy guitar, bluesy licks, and ridiculously catchy hooks. This is the kind of album I'd have a CD of in the care and just vibe to every time I'm driving.
This album just really strikes a mood for me on so many occasions.
I FUCKING LOVE THIS
Kids loved it - classic
Love the Keys
takes me back like 8 years
10/10 would recommend again
Don’t wanna like it this much but it’s just great
Don’t like live recordings
Classis album from them, on of their best
Surprisingly fresh after 20 years
Very strong album. Great fuzz guitars, stellar songwriting. "Next girl" my favorite, but many bangers on it.
Great Album, The Black Keys at their best.
Such an outstanding album
This is a near perfect album for me, and my favorite of the Black Keys albums. Not a single bad song here. I remember hearing Dan's falsetto for the first time on Everlasting light and just being amazed at what I was hearing.
Awesome album. One of my favorites, I remember the first time listening to it with JJ in my jeep.
Top notch album from start to finish
Hard to imagine what it would feel like to listen to this one with fresh ears. This album is bluesy and lo-fi, but also forms the soundtrack to my 20's, and invariably my relationship with Scott. The Black Keys are one of the artists we shared an enjoyment of when we met, exemplified by this album. Next Girl, Howlin' for You, and Tighten Up I liked in the pre-Scott era of my life. Together, I've grown to love Sinister Kid and Ten Cent Pistol for long car rides. The pandemic, stay home life, and turning 30 brought me to a place to really appreciate Everlasting Light, Black Mud, and Never Gonna Give You Up.
The Black Keys are one of my favourite artists, amazing album. Love the bluesy rock, love the groove. Favourite songs: difficult to choose, I enjoyed them all, but Everlasting light, 10 cent pistol and I'm not the one
Very consistent, enjoyable album. Many more highs than lows. Favourite Tracks: Everlasting Light, Ten Cent Pistol, These Days
It's a solid album front to back, not surprised, but pleased with the content.
I like how this album brings the bass fuzz on Next Girl and is very comfortable in it's sonic atmosphere. Howlin For You is an excellent showcase of the power of this sound. I like Too Afraid To Love You, though it leans in heavy on a 60s nostalgia vibe. I love the story about the band getting plastered and asking their manager for a harpsichord. recorded at Muscle Shoals. I go back and forth on whether this is a 4 or a 5. I will be generous this morning.
My first 5/5
This, aside from being the most creative and layered, both musically and instrumentally, album from the Black Keys, it holds a special place in my heart. I discovered this in a truly rough time, maybe the roughest I have ever experienced... and I got through, while this was on everyday. Great powerful and emotionally on point songs. An utter and absolute classic of indie music.
Very nice sound!
Solid songs. The mix of blues and supersaturated fuzz distortion is unique and innovative, it's chilling and energetic at the same time. The consistency of the entire album is surprising.
Oh this was always gonna be a 5/5 for me. Banger after banger, I love this one and Tighten Up stills hits like a truck
Starting to become a big fan of the black keys. Another great album from them. So much great songs on here. Favourite songs: - Everlasting light - Tighten up - Howlin’ for you - Never gonna give you up
Really good stuff. Modern blues-rock.
Ne bi bas mogla nekom reci da je album definitivno savršena petica ali je nostalgija jača od mene same.
Love this album. This is the one that first drew me to the Black Keys. Good one to start with
Loved it, feel like a badass
These guys were/are just an incredible band. I've kind of written them off over the past 10 years or so but listening to this earlier stuff always makes me so happy. Crazy that it took 6 albums before they had a real mainstream breakout. They ground it out as a small time act for a long time. Now I have to go back and listen to the previous 5 albums
Tight from top to bottom
One I own and want on vinyl. Love it
Agradable, fácil de escuchar, rock sin pretensiones, un Discazo
One of the Best albums of the 2010s and a big album for me. I remember being super excited about this initially. Two young white guys making blues music in 2010? Incredible (maybe would have found this less so if I had more context of what else was out there). It sounds modern and classic at the same time. Next Girl and She's Long Gone are both searing, These Days and Everlasting Light are beautifully wilting, and Never Gonna Give You Up is a fantastic cover. Tighten Up is actually one of my least favorite songs on the record but I wonder if it was just because it was so overplayed. This is the Black Keys' best album and will almost certainly remain so as time passes. I'm upset it's not on the RS list so glad to see it here.
Excellent all the way through. Bluesy and soulful rock and roll with a very distinctive sound
Hard not to like a good tough blues disc with hard rock elements. Doesn’t resonate with me as much as Rubber Factory, but we are talking about from levels of greatness. The Black Keys have a deep appreciation for classic rock and the blues and bring those elements forward in a manner that essentially creates a new genre.
I remember when this album came out, I thought it was the bees knees! still think it is a very good and solid album, but not as in love with it as I first was.
I think this is the album before they lost the plot. Lot of fun bluesy, funky tracks on this one. Favorite tracks: "Next Girl", "Sinister Kid"
A couple of songs that I've heard in like trailers and commercials! Never heard the album, not bad.
Good stuff. Gotta listen to it again
Enjoyed it, sleazy and funky, but also quite forgettable.
A mix of blues and the back-half of the grunge era of rock music.
Me likely. Everything is distorted and has just enough edge. Will probably add to my library.
This was actually the first time I listened to this and I liked it a very decent amount.
The Black Keys are great. Good, chill, cool rock that's fun to listen to.
Fav Song: Unknown Brother
Quick playing album. I liked the hard blues in the beginning and some softer blues at the end
Good aughts vibes. I'd never listened all the way through.
This is the album that sent the Black Keys into superstardom. The first half of this is single after single of pop-blues rock. I do think this album suffers from being too long and a lot of the second half could’ve been cut as b-sides. This isn’t my favorite Black Keys album, but is probably the one I’d recommend if somehow you had not heard them. Favorite track: Sinister Kid Least favorite track: Never Gonna Give You Up
It's a pretty chilled listen. Just a shame the remaster is still such poor audio quality.
Classic. Lyrics felt relatable to Taylor situation
Black keys are good
Excellent album. Great songs, great guitar work. 4 stars.
I’m not used to the genre of music but it was pretty cool, actually added a song or two to my Apple Music!
Love this album.
Bängeri Skön Garage/blues/indie/whatever genreskit
This album is pure joy :D
Wow, an old favorite. I went through a Black Keys binge phase when I discovered them in college, and I still think they're a fantastic rock duo. Brothers isn't my favorite of their albums, but I understand the selection because this was their breakthrough and it's got a crazy roster of hits. The opening four-track run is pretty insane. This album (or the Black Keys in general) is the kind of thing you show to your uncle who says rock died in the '80s. Favorite tracks: Howlin' for You, Everlasting Light, Black Mud, Next Girl, Tighten Up. Album art: Sort of creative by being uncreative. Black and pink color scheme is always good, but I never dug this one very much. Probably part of the reason I gravitated to other Black Keys albums more. 4/5
Ah man. I saw the Keys the year after this came out. What a phenomenal concert, even if it was at the Target Center. I must have put holes in the CD from the amount of times I've heard this. One of the standout features on my iPod Nano. It's as good as I remember it. The crunchy guitars and the lilting vocals are bluesy and kinetic. But it's hard to deny the little weird sections, the fadeins of other songs. The crazy distortion on the guitars. It's a warm blanket. If a warm blanket was made of singing about being a vindictive cowboy.
Quite delicious garage and blues sound. Relatively new to me. Curious for their earlier stuff.
What a great rock album, the one which put them in the spotlight and probably their best
Soulful garage rock. Infectious grooves over a bed of rock-solid bass and drums with some interesting and sparse overlays (synth, guitar flourishes, etc). Nice vocalizations. A good listen from start to finish, few if any weak moments. Didn't blow my mind but it's an album I can come back to.
"I wanted love, I needed love Most of all, most of all Someone said true love was dead And I'm bound to fall, bound to fall" (Tighten Up) "And that's me, that's me The boy with the broken halo" (Sinister Kid) Ningún disco de The Black Keys va a ser tan bueno como aquel que contenga Lonely Boy, pero es un buen intento.
Not bad for a couple of guys who Seem to have a “let’s drink some beer in the garage” vibe. I like the bluesy rock with a bit of bluegrass in there somewhere. ‘Ten Cent Pistol’ was my favorite track and I also really liked the instrumental ‘Black Mud’. Brought back memories of watching them open for the Black Crows at a MN State fair show about a decade+ ago. Good stuff.
I really like the Black Keys (although they gave one of the worst festival shows I have seen). Solid album throughout with Sinister Kid being the late album standout for me.
I really enjoyed it They'll make you think making music is easy And that you can use a broken mic
Ya había escuchado The Black Keys, pero no le había prestado mucha atención a este álbum. 7/10
This is a record that works almost at every time. I remember this being released and becoming an instant classic.
talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it.
Amazing album, a personal favorite of my dad. Fav tracks include Everlasting Light, Tighten Up, Howlin' for You, She's Long Gone, The Only One, Ten Cent Pistol, and These Days. No tracks are bad really, just not as good as the other ones. If you liked this one do yourself a favor and listen to El Camino as well, my dad loved that album too. 8.5/10
Klingt Retro, ist aber vergleichsweise neu. Gewinnt durch Vertrautheit.
7/10 Buenas fusiones y ritmo.
I knew Lonely Boy, now I’m really curious about this band.
Bajos pronunciados y distorsión a lo que marca, es como pegarle un mordisco a una esponjilla de alambre: una maravilla. Por como están hechos los trabajos vocales, la estética juvenil-intrépida te llega como parece ser la intención. Te hace sentir cual si fuera una película de acción sobre asaltantes de banco.
Listened to it before and still holds up. We don't get raw rock and roll like this anymore
Pretty good 4/5
Track 1 4/5 Track 2 5/5 Track 3 4/5 Track 4 5/5 Track 5 4/5 Track 6 5/5 Track 7 3/5
Wayyyyyy better than the first album. I genuinely enjoyed it
Right day for this album. Good lyics good instrumentals
Good driving tunes. Recognised a lot more than i expected.
A mostly-solid album, and a great example of modern pop-blues. Fantastic opener "Everlasting Light," which makes brilliant use of a few simple parts. Continues with another three amazing tracks before taking a dip. Truthfully, this record is front- and back-loaded. Save a few highlights the middle is kind of a slog, and I could easily see tracks like "Black Mud" relegated to B-side / bonus track status. The 10-or-so great tracks are screaming out for a tighter record to live in.
Solid Album from the black keys
Never listened to this before but I can see this being a grower and will be on my rotation.
I like the style, but the vocal effect is a little abrasive after a while. I’d be interested in hearing more of their stuff though
Good but not great. Some pretty forgettable songs on here. The good ones are really good though. "Ten Cent Pistol" is probably my favorite, but the most popular are probably "Howlin' For You", "Next Girl" and "Tighten Up" which are all also pretty great. Could skip the rest and not miss anything.
Moneen kertaan ennenki kuultu levy. Todella lähellä viittä tähteä, mut pieni ripaus sitä jotain lisää tarvittais
En ole aikasemmin suuremmin TBK:sta perustanut, mutta tätä levyä tuli luukutettua videopelin taustamusana ja meno oli chilliä. Ei paskoja biisejä ja hyvä kokonaisuus.
Some bops on here, but how much ye olde timey microphone shit do I need to listen to?
Fand ich erst langweilig, zündet erst nach dem ersten Hören.
Rocking, really enjoyed
Es uno de mis discos favoritos de su época: sólido, variado, con canciones pegajosas que puedes escuchar casi en cualquier momento y caen bien. Aunque para estas alguras los Black Keys ya se habían alejado un poquito del concepto inicial de tener únicamente guitarra y batería (ya se notan arreglos en teclados y otras cosas) aún conservan la onda bluesera con garage que los identifica en un principio. Escuché también la versión Deluxe y está buena para fans pero son demasiadas canciones para un solo jalón y al final podría cansar.
Este es una chulada de disco. No conozco TODA la discografía de Black Keys, pero lo que me gusta de las canciones que conozco es ese componente "sucio" de su música. No es precisamente "garage rock", porque está producido en estudio, pero tampoco suena del todo limpio, y eso lo hace agradable. Creo que si le hubieran quitado algunas canciones al disco habría quedado mucho mejor, pero aún así es bastante bueno. Como nota adicional (y que no tiene que ver con la calificación), siempre me ha impresionado que esta banda sea (o fuera) de dos personas.
¿Qué hizo que este disco fuera distinto al resto del grupo de garage revival que nos ha tocado como para que me agradara tanto? En realidad no estoy 100% seguro, quizá es el punto que por lo que leo ya era su sexto disco. Posiblemente el hecho de que aquí se escucha un poco de más atención a su sonido y que no solo se siente como la manera fácil y rápida de hacer música de moda, nomás con que suene asi a "garash loufai ya la hicimos" tenga que ver. Está también el punto que aunque en parte tiene mucho ese sonido diría que muchas de las canciones se sienten mas revival de rock setentero, entre hard rock y psicodelia casi ácido más que revival de bandas garage. Me agrada que las letras no están tan simples como la mayoría de esas bandas, la música es variada, hay desde canciones como Howlin For You que parecen diseñadas por un publicista para pegarte directo en el tallo cerebral y estar hechas para ponerlas directo en un comercial, hasta algo como Too Afraid to Love que parece The Animals o Ten Cent Pistol que pudieras hablarle a Morrison y presumirle cómo puedes hacer canciones en su estilo quizá mejor que él. Me agrada haber por fin encontrado un grupo de toda esta sección enorme de estilo que pegó tanto del que puedo honestamente decir que me gusta mucho.
1st song has the same feel as T Rex ... Mambo Sun. Then a couple hits that I recognize. So far I like the slow bluesy feel of this album. The Only One stands out so far. As does the follow up track; Too Afraid to Love, and it actually continues pretty much all the way through slow burn closet These Days. An excellent album 4 🌟
banger, zero skips
Can’t beat The Big Come Up, Thickfreakness, and Rubber Factory for nasty — but Brothers has got groove. Deep cut pick: These Days
There are some great tracks here.
4.5/5 Terrific album. It's been a while since I've listened to The Black Keys, and I have actually never listened to Brothers until today. Dan Auerbach is an oft-overlooked guitarist, who takes advantage of his cache of vintage instruments to sustain the group's unique sound during the 2000 - the garage-band 1960s meets post-90s grunge. Catchy songs, but never trite. Good stuff.
Beggining of the album consists of well known song, but I don't like them too much, so I didn't like it from the start. The other part seems much more interesting to me. Starting from "the only one". Drop one star for the beggining.
-Not as bad as I thought it would be -I liked Too Afraid To Love You & Unknown Brother -Good music to listen to while I wear my leather jacket
Pretty good. Some songs great. I wouldn't have searched them out, so this site will really expose me to new music. Loved "These Days"
Not really my genre but enjoyed nonetheless
I listened to a lot of crap when this came out, so I was afraid that a fresh listen would reveal it to be the same. It holds up. What a great sound they have. Best track: Howlin' For You
First time I've listened to this album; I'm glad I did. All the great Black Keys ingredients
I've always liked this album, but I definitely prefer Turn Blue
Fantastic album that had somehow passed me by. Will listen again and again
Not bad, though I don't know that I would want to own this one.
Really unique album. No other sound like it and I really like that. The instrumentals are really good, and feel very garage-y and bluesy in their performance and production. Good job black keys
I just love how the album cover is straight to the point and simple, yet unique. The music is consistently good and though I only loved a few tracks, it will be played a lot in the future.
an oh yeah I forgot about this album yes
It's rare for an album to not have a single bad track, these are all bangers and I think I've heard every single one on indie radio at some point. Hugely influential in some circles and brought back a bit more blues-y guitar into the indie mainstream. Hard to rate since I've heard it so many times, I will go with 4.5 down to 4.
Man this is a total 3.5 for me. I like it but perhaps not as much as their first few albums. They are a very sonically consistent band which is sort of a blessing and a curse. I do like their general sound, but on the other hand no individual tracks really stick out to me more than the others. I'm going to be generous and round up to 4 because I absolutely love the simplicity and directness of the album cover - at once both bold and humble - which would also work as a pretty apt description of their sound.
A regular listen on the car stereo rotation. Love this stuff.
Amazing start to the album. Thought it would be 5 stars but there were some weaker tracks in the second half. Loved the heavy bluesy sound
Is quite a vibe that can't find anywhere else. Refined arrangement
Good album. I like it
album one, una stella in meno per eccessivi assoli chitarrosi
buen disco para poner mientras haces una tortilla
nice bluerock with a style filled with soft distortion decent album
This was a big surprise. I basically liked every song. Always believed that they were a White Stripes wanna be band, without having listened to their music. They deserve more of my attention. 4 🌟
Above average rock album. Few tracks were a little boring, others are timeless.
Hadn’t heard of them but they were good
Rival sons-esque, liked it, gonna give some of their other stuff a whirl based off that album
Probably my favorite Black Keys project, just a lot of feeling bottled into these tracks
One of The Black Keys' best albums for sure. This album is just wall to wall killer rock. I love it.
Great great album. Loved it when it came out
Riktigt bra skit 😀
I was familiar with a few songs from The Black Keys so I knew the general vibe of the band. On my first listen this wasn't a love connection... Fortunately I gave this another listen and the second time around enjoyed it quite a bit more. The soulful bluesy feel is pleasant and while it was a little long to attend to closely I did enjoy having it on. I like the single "Tighten Up" a lot, but I was surprised to prefer the dreamier songs like "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "These Days." "Howlin' For You" is a good song but I think I'm a bit tired of it as I heard it a lot on TV commercials.
"Lonely Boy" from their album after this one has been a favorite song of mine in my playlists. I was glad to go a bit deeper into The Black Keys' music with their breakthrough album. I enjoy their blues rock sound. "Tighten Up" and "Howling for You" were justified hits, and the latter has earned its place in sports arenas. Besides these, I enjoyed "Sinister Kid" quite a bit. I now really want to listen to "El Camino" and see where they went from there.
Always liked this one
Bangers through and through
I was burned out on this album around the time of its release, but I really enjoyed listening to it. Still dig the Keys’ early stuff best, but this is solid all the way through with some great, standout tunes. Next Girl, Howlin’ for You, Never Gonna Give You Up.
I enjoyed this a lot, but I couldn't shake the feeling it was just a bit to engineered.
Better and rougher than el camino, but there's still a softness to the Black Keys that I bounce off of
Huh. Never listened to the Black Keys before but there's a certain pulsing smokiness to their music that I enjoy. That said, for me this album isn't a banger-after-banger situation. Despite that, though, tracks verge from sorrowful to sexy and back again. Definitely worth a listen and maybe even a few re-listens. Fave track: Howlin' for You. There's a certain sexy, wailing quality to the treble. It shouldn't work but it does. Probably thanks to the counterbalance with the percussion.
Tääkin levy alkaa hyvin! Ylipäätään tykkäsin kyllä tästä rockin "mausta" keskimääräistä enemmän, laatua!
Uuh, mehevät ja tarttuvat riffit ja paksut cläpit on mun makuun. Vaikee sanoo että onko 3 vai 4/5, että oliks tässä nyt musiikillisesti kuinka jänniä juttuja lopulta. Ehkä löyty sen verran hyviä biisejä että ansaitsee nelosen.
Tämähän on aika solid todiste siitä että rummuilla ja kitaralla voi vielä tehdä aika suathanan kiinnostavaa musaa. Täähän on tällänen blues- ja garagerockin helmi, joka ainakin itsellä oli nimenomaan se sisäänheittolevy koko artistin tuotantoon. Kestänyt aikaakin jotenkin paremmin ku se puhkijyrsitty El Camino -hittiputki. Mut siis yksinkertainen on kaunista ja siitä tässä kai pohjimmiltaan on kyse. 4/5
Like the black keys a lot! One of the newer bands that feels pretty innovative to me, plus one of the members wrote the bojack theme song
Iss nisam ih slušo od osnovne. Ak je ovaj tu znači da će i El Camino doć 😊
moderniji pothvat na blues sa miksom garage rocka. inače su mi dobri, ne slušam ih previše, ali si znam nekad kad sam u takvom raspoloženju pustiti koju pjesmu, a nekad i album. dobar album, nema ničeg lošega, ima dosta dobrih pjesama, ali nažalost ubija ga dužina albuma, reklo bi se da izgubim taj neki interes kroz neke pjesme (Sinister Kid, The Go Getter...), ali opet one koje su jako zanimljive i dobre vrate taj gubitak u neku ruku (Everlasting Light, The Only One, Ten Cent Pistol, Too Afraid to Love, Unknown Brothers, These Days). Everlasting Light - slažem se da je rip-off od T.Rexove stvari Mumbo Sun, ima bome sličnosti. Za #14 pjesmu sam mislio da je cover, heh, zeznuli me. These Days je tako jeben closer track. nije čista četvorka, tbh, ali nek' ga voda nosi.
Percussive drums, heavy bass and meddling guitar riffs, very cool Edit: percussive everything, alot of rhytmics on this record, way too long though
Back in 2012 they were the most important band around, but I did not knew any of their music, and even worse, had tickets for a festival of which they were headlining, so I did what everyone would have done, I downloaded their most recent album and started to listen… damn I loved those records, the other one more than this one but not by much, to this day I stop to listen Sinister Kid or Next Girl, it is one of those records that just speak to you. That day at the festival I had some of times ever (not only for the music of course but it was a major factor). 10 years after my first contact with the record I still love it, but now I can see it’s too long and that it actually looses punch towards the end, I don’t mind it he some great memories attached to it and I’m glad a got to listen to this mostly in time lol
Just a solid album. Start to finish every song is solid.
Love how sludgy this sounds but it is a bit overlong
Nearly 5 stars for me - very familiar and really like it but gets a wee bit samey in the back half
Enjoyable modern blues with soul. Can’t help comparing to White Stripes because if similar set up and I think Black Keys are far superior - more melodic, less harsh with the vocals and more groove. Good music.
Moderne blues-rock, råt, garage, solidt
grungey and heavy with a square eye at big festival shows
Really enjoyed this one, had some good moments.
4/5. Good ass burger music 👍
I enjoyed this a lot more that I thought I would. I didn't have much of an impression of The Black Keys but the music is fun, even if wholly unfamiliar. Howlin' For You is just great, and Next Girl. I like The Doors and CCR and ZZ Top, so what not The Black Keys? That said 18 songs and over an hour runtime is perhaps a bit generous.
My style of music
This isn't a soul album but this album has soul. Stand out tracks - everlasting light - next girl - howlin' for you - unknown brother
Loved it. Fuzzy, bluesy guitars with a nice slice of sleaze sleaze. Will for sure listen again
Pretty good, but its fairly repetitive. Could be about 3 or 4 songs shorter.
this was cool but made me wish hozier was singing all of these songs... i guess i want a fully blusey sounding hozier album :(... it was cool though i like "too afraid to love you"
It’s got some crackalacking tunes.
Not a big fan, but it's not bad.
Sends me back to college. Retro blues-rock.
It was okay, not my style but was an interesting listen.
falls off hard in 2nd half, but 1st half is classic
Solid rock album. 3.5 rounded down.
Still not my thing but I was surprised at how much of the album I was familiar with
Zit wel een goede klasieker howlin for you op maar niet een album die ik vaak zal opzetten
Fav: Tighten Up, The Go Getter
It’s fine. I like the Black Keys in small doses. Great musicianship and songwriting.
Ближе к 4, но мб слишком попсово и смазливо
It has it's moments but just never grips me. Probably because it was overplayed. But like, If I want good bluesy rock there's a lot of stuff I'll pick before this. 2.5 that i'll round up.
"Howlin' for you" is the most popular song from here.
Yep. The video for Next Girl might be one of my favorite new ones... Album is nice. Although maybe a bit monotonous...
I enjoyed this album quite a bit but none of the songs stuck out to me. I've always been a fan of Heavy Soul from MacGruber but beyond that, I was never a huge fan of the Keys. Their groove is awesome, and the guitars really set them apart, but their songs all sort of blend together after a while. Will I listen to them again? Probably, but will I remember the songs? No. And the album cover certainly isn't helping with that. Almost feels like they sent that to the label telling them what they wanted and the label accidentally just put their request on the cover.
Blues meets garage rock. I've always found old school blues to be cliché and predictable. I have the feeling I've heard the same chord progressions, rhythms and singing phrases way too many times. I liked the first song, Everlasting Light, and Howlin' For You is a good hit I've heard in many commercials. Works as a background.
Scraped a 3. A bit too samey by the end
Ok. Bit samey
Alun biisit herätti mielenkiinnon, mutta kokonaisuus jäi huoneenlämpöiseksi. Kuitenkin sellainen lämpötila, missä on kiva napsutella sormia rytmin rahtiin ja kuunnella rauhallisesti. Ei oikein pahaa sanottavaa, mutta ei aiheuta hehkutustakaan. Avausbiisi Everlasting ja Tighten up tarttui talteen.
I dont get it, they are good but nothing special IMHO
A couple of songs that really grabbed me. This is a really bluesy album. I liked it overall.
3/5 somewhat interesting but not for me
Never ever heard of them before and I like the album
Overall this album has some great songs but I think there’s a lot of filler and some tracks are a bit too uneventful I like his voice over the disorted guitars a lot but it feels like as the album goes on the instrumentals get less interesting. This didn’t need to be 18 songs long tbh 40 minutes or something would’ve been enough for an album like this. Nathan gonna hate me for this one‼️ 6/10
A solid album
Wow, albums recent enough that I've heard them on a modern radio station. This was decent - again not my usual style (sensing a trend) but not something I'd request to get turned off.
Decent album, not my cup of tea. Have heard worse though.
Hadn't even heard about The Black Keys before. Not what I usually listen to, but this impressed me a lot. Very good album all around.
Fan of the Black Keys and a decent album, but prefer others!
I remember this being big when it came out
Good, enjoyed it. Would listen to it again.
Most songs are good to great, but it starts feeling stale after half of the album. The lyrics also feel mediocre, but it gets a decent score from me due to the fun insttumentals.
Opens with a nice groove. I'm familiar with the band, and they rely on a distorted vocal that I think is a little obnoxious. Next Girl is a much better song that Everlasting Light. Good riff, much clearer vocals, bluesy, and simple. Tighten Up is a catchy jam. This is the most popular song on the album, and I think it sums up the band pretty nicely. My feeling is they are talented, they have great hooks, but something about their music keeps me at a distance. I am a casual fan, but their music, while technically impressive just isn't my taste. Howlin' for You is another song I am quite familiar with. Has an "anthem" element to it - and at this point the album has a really cohesive feel, and you know the groove you're in. There's a thread of looking for love/relationships all passed through a filter of the search or regrets. The Black Keys have a sound and a style, and this is it on full display. It's just not my bag. I do like the line "Throw the ball to the stick/ Swing and miss and a catcher's mitt/Strike two" She's Long Gone fits right in that same thread as I mentioned. Black Mud is an instrumental with Tarantino vibes. He should get a hold of that one. The Only One puts the Organ front and center. Feels like a 60s song. Kind of has a hook like Tom Jones's She's a Lady. Too Afraid to Love you - more of the same. Bass line is pretty sweet. Ten Cent Pistol - Finally a ballad of sorts. A song with some story behind it. But it is still lyrically similar to everything else. I wonder what this is based on. Is this drugs? Sinister Kid - Got some gospel roots here - I like this one. This might be my favorite song. The Go-Getter - Meh. Scorsese has made this movie I think. Doesn't make me want to visit LA. I'm Not the One - More self-mockery and deprecation. The whole, I'm broken baby, stay away from this mess idea. Unknown Brother - It was okay. I like how none of these songs overstay their welcome. Never Give You Up - I thought this was going to a moment of hope breaking through the bleakness...but no. These Days - Definitely a culminating song, which reminds me of why albums should be listened to. This song on its own is good, but as a closing track on an album, it carries more weight. Bonus Tracks - These can stay gone. The album ends a These Days.
AVR. 6.6 TOP 3: 1. Everlasting Light (+9) 2. Too Afraid To Love You (+8) 3. Never Gonna Give You Up (+7.5) TRACKLIST 1. Everlasting Light (+9) 2. Next Girl (+7) 3. Tighten Past (+6.7) 4. Howlin' for You (+5.3) 5. She's Long Gone (+7.2) 6. Black Mud (+5 intrum.) 7. The Only One (+6.8) 8. Too Afraid To Love You (+8) 9. Ten Cent Pistol (+7.3) 10. Sinister Kid (+6.9) 11. The Go Getter (+6.3) 12. I'm Not the One (+6) 13. Unknown Brother (+6.2) 14. Never Gonna Give You Up (+7.5) 15. These Days (+7.4) 16. Chop and Change (+5.9) 17. Keep My Name Out of Your Mouth (+5.3) 18. Black Mud Part 2 (+6)
Not bad but I wasn't very excited.
For me, the black keys aren't overly memorable or noteworthy. They take blues rock and bring it into the 21st century with some production and style. But, in fairness to them, they do a pretty good job of it.
First time really listening to a Black Sabbath album. The album is heavy and at times intense, but there are some really beautiful moments at times as well. I also found that I resonated with a lot of the lyrical content much more than I anticipated I would. I'll make sure to check out more of their work in the future.
Нормальные ребята, ничего такого но нутро есть и благородная обычность и простота
Happy to give this a 3/5.
I suspect they're great to listen to live, where you can feel the raw guitar, bass and drums.
I don't mind The Black Keys, their music is well produced but I can only take so many mid-tempo bluesy garage rockers.
I liked most (all?) of the songs on this album fine, and they flowed naturally into each other. Unfortunately a lot of them sound very similar, which is a thing I liked less. My favorite, unsurprisingly, is "Howlin' For You", which I already liked :) 3-3.5
it's a lot more chill than I expected, I thought it would be harder more amped-up rock. Tighten Up and Howlin' for You are bangers.
Very good bluesy indie rock with some excellent percussion. It's not exactly a new favorite album, but it makes for good background vibes.
I haven't been a fan of the Black Keys, but of what I've heard they sound fine. With the absence of authentic rock' n 'roll in much of today's popular music, the Black Keys are a breath of fresh air. Though their music isn't exactly original, they play with a passion and a spirit that is a throwback to when rock dominated radio. Brothers is a solid record that grows on you with repeated listening. 3.5/5
The album cover alone just bugs the shit out of me. It has to be the leader in the clubhouse for worst album cover on the list. Mr. Auerbach, I served with Jack White. I knew Jack White. Jack White was a friend of mine. Mr. Auerbach, you're no Jack White.
Bit too blues-y for me, but I could appreciate the skill and musicianship on the album
A good listen but it feels so derivative of other bands (e.g., T-Rex) as to almost feel like a cover album. I don't feel like they add that much to the classics I already listen to, but the sound is good.
Already knew I liked the album. Easy to listen to. It’s funny, I assume these albums are not just based on musical ranking; that is, the cultural impact too
I couldn't get into this album fully, but I liked a couple of songs. Not enough to be able to want to add them to my library though.
A selection of good to decent bluesy garage rock. A little too long to keep my attention, but still good for the most part. Favorites: "Everlasting Light", "Tighten Up", "The Only One"
Honestly, every song sounds the same. And they’d all be remarkable in about 1973, which is what it’s copying. But I like 1973.
Part of me wants to like the Black Keys, but I feel the same way about them that I felt about Cheap Trick. They do generic rock'n'roll. They do it well, but it feels too safe, like they are writing songs that they know that people will like because other people have already written these songs slightly differently 3/5
I like The Black Keys and have listened to a couple of their albums so I was excited to see this. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with Brothers. I like their general sound but most of these songs just blended together into a big mush. Howlin' for You, Ten Cent Pistol, and Sinister Kid stood out from the rest but just barely. Maybe a couple of their albums is all I need.
I have heard of The Black Keys, but I couldn't have told you anything about their music. This was my first listen for this album. It was good, but a little irritating. The bluesy-rock was fun. I got in the groove and could dig what was happening. After 4 or 5 tracks though, the distortion permeating their sound started to become distracting and irritating. For that reason, I think I am more of a fan of listening to an isolated tune or two rather than a full album.
Tighten Up - great. Howlin' For You - great. Others: Everlasting Light Good sound. 3/5
Alkupuolihan on ihan jees. Mainioita riffejä ja hitit toimii edelleen. Lopussa kuitenkin lässähtää yllättävän pahasti. Eiköhän silti ansaitse 3/5.
Nice album, decent songs, nothing spectacular. Just fine.
Electropop con buenas bases y melodías sencillas. Pasable
Too dull and too long
Good tunes but some generic beats and mostly repetitive.
I like their sound, but the album went on for a little too long. Will probably relisten.
meh, not great not bad. forgettable.
Pretty good rock album. Lots of blues influence that's good. Overall a good time but nothing monumental.
Good but overlong
Over rated and over long, Black Keys, Brothers is one of those albums I never took to.
they're good but playin' poor life songs
I admit to not being the biggest Black Keys' fan. Not that I dislike them; they're OK. This album was their commercial breakthrough and had two big hits "Tighten Up" and "Howlin' for You." Still rock radio staples. I find The Black Keys are at their best when their songs have that sort of raw 70's blues/garage guitar feel to them and there are a few here: "She's Long Gone", " Black Mud". I also appreciate their minimalistic approach with a two-man band and some songs do rock here: "Sinister Kid" "Next Girl". This album is fine although it did nothing to move my neutral feelings for them as a band. I'm kind of surprised it made the 1001 list but they are arena rockers so they are popular. And this album brought them there.
Genre: Blues Rock 3/5 First things first, and one thing that truly surprised me throughout this listen, is how many of these songs I knew without ever knowing them as Black Keys songs. This album is full of the songs that play in Toyota, Buffalo Wild Wings, Budweiser, and other assorted sports advertisements throughout the years. It was actually bizarre to go through this album and hear how well publicized some of these songs have become, almost to the point where it kind of takes away any of the DIY-grit that may exist in the playing and recording of this. Is it a dirty, gritty, modern take on blues rock? Or is this a song publisher's wet dream: bluesy, yet modern, music that can be abused by advertisers looking to hit certain markets with its signature low-IQ drawl? I feel it's the latter. However, as far as rock music that has come out in the last 15 years, this is not bad. It certainly is an attempt at some sort of rock revival, but all this album did, unfortunately, was be popular enough to bring rock to a point of relevance that it gave further creedence to more contemporary "rock" acts like Imagine Dragons, and the worst parts of groups like Weezer, Green Day, and Coldplay. Songs like Tighten Up and Howlin' for You are, as I said before, commerical mainstays, and stand alone as the true highlights from this project. The rest muddles together into filtered guitar leads, plodding drums, and uninspired organ riffs. Bland, but listenable.
I really like thee Black Keys first couple of records. Raw, bluesy, rockin', with a real edge. However, they eventually decided they wanted to sell a whole lotta records, and get played on the radio, so they started making albums like this. It's still a lot more rock and roll than 99% of what you hear on the radio (which si great), and the tracks are engineered to really sound great played on the radio. This album is front loaded with songs that will be the best single you have heard all day when they pop up (and stand out) on the radio. Compressed, polished, punchy rock and roll. Which si great. But a whole album can start to sound a little tired. The influence of Danger Mouse is not as overwhelming as on the following album, but you can hear where they were heading. And congrats to them on getting there. (But I like it when they are a bit more raw).
I hadn't heard the Black Keys in a long time - I think my impressions of them (early albums maybe?) were that they rarely used a bass guitar. Not a fan at all of minimalist rock so it was nice to hear a more-full sound right away. Not a ton to say - I do like it overall and "Sinister Kid" is the hilight for me - even such a simple song can be driven and carried by a killer backbeat. I like most of these songs (although to be fair if the album had ended after "Sinister Kid" it would have been better; the last few songs really get tiresome) individually but my critique as a whole is the general sameness that I get from it all. There's only so much one can do with the blues and they do make the most of it - I like the production (the oversaturated vocals may be gimmicky but it works for these guys) as well. No objection to hearing this time and again but maybe in smaller chunks. 6/10 3 stars.
at first it seemed really cool and new and vibes but after awhile it got a little boring because it was the same but i did think it was good
Beaucoup de respect pour le band. Les pièces avec des influences blues sont vraiment bonnes. Mais la longueur d'album et le style très typique du band devient redondant à la longue. À revisiter
Bekend album van de zwarte sleutels, maar de muziek kan me nooit volledig interesseren
I was looking forward to listening to this one as Tighten Up really is a pretty amazing song. Unfortunately, the rest of the album really doesn't keep up with it and is pretty samey and uninteresting. Doesn't sound bad in itself, but definitely nothing to get excited about.
I remember when 'Tighten Up' swept pop radio airwaves back in middle school, and looking back the feat seems even more impressive given several pop titans such as Lorde and Adele were on the rise. It helps that the Delta Blues styled songwriting lends itself to simple, catchy melodies that can sustain 3-4 minute tracks, but Auerbach deserves credit for injecting just the slightest touch of synths and slick production to make the LP more digestible in the ultrapop age. I don't know if this album deserves more than 3 stars (the songwriting isn't super dynamic, and I don't know if we'll be talking about this album in 10 years time outside of a Stereogum anniversary post), but it deserves quite a bit of credit for clawing its way onto the charts in the first place.
Dull and hard work
Ok, but very samey
Teilweise ansteckende Beats, keine Gänsehaut. Insgesamt überraschend, groovy und ertragbare Stimme. Hab mich dreimal aufgerafft, um es weiterzuhelfen, aber dennoch nicht beendet. Nicht nochmal hören.
Tylsähköä perusrokkia. Ei jäänyt oikein erityisempää mitään mieleen.
Ah, classic. I enjoyed this album, even if I haven't returned to it much at all since the year it came out. Literally listening to this with the impeachment hearings in the background, gives it a vibe that feels scary. It's like when I played BBNG during the insurrection. Chaos to match chaos, things falling apart. Blues to match the impeachment. Honestly though this album... isn't remarkable. To be included on a list of 1001 albums you must hear before you die... like... I enjoy this album but... it just feels skewed. Recency bias and rock & blues bias. When I rank these albums, I'm going to be... harsh. To only have a scale of 1-5, that means 3 is enjoyable, 4 is remarkably good, or strange, and 5 is pushing new ground for what an album can be, while being a damn listenable album. 2 & 3 means it could have skippable tracks... 2 means a good number are skippable. and 1 means I doubt I will ever listen to the album again. This feels like a 2 or 3.
Not a real big fan of their sound. Doesnt help every single off this thing i s used in a car commercial.
It has some pretty good songs, but they sound very similar! Also too long
no me acuerdo
Tämä levy ei juurikaan herättänyt tunteita. Pakko kyllä tunnustaa, että tämä meni aikalailla taustamusiikkina kokkaillessa, mutta eipä tästä olisi varmaan hirveästi mieleen jäänyt muutenkaan. Ehkä menisi jossain loungessa taustamusiikkina?
ultimately pretty bored by this
It sounds exactly like what I imagined a Black Keys album would sound like.
Listened to these guys once before, but didn't hold my interest. On proper inspection, I can appreciate the way they take retro rock sounds and make a big, clean, stripped-back sound, which feels both classic and fresh at the same time. Lots of people out there are looking for new versions of the rock sounds they were mourning the demise of. However, that's not me whatsoever. While I can appreciate it on a shallow level, as a fine pastiche of bluesy rock n roll, I also find the whole thing massively boring. Also, I don't want to keep coming across as having no attention span, because some of my favourite albums are long and slow... but this album simply suffers from being 55 mins long. It's no-frills rock music ffs: get in there, play it loud and fast, then gtfo. 2.5
All tracks seemed to break the loudness scale.
Background music for a hipster party. I actually don’t really like this. I don’t dislike it; I’m just neutral. Something about it sounds like it’s not as important as it wants to be. Favourite track: “Too Afraid to Love You”
Could've gone without hearing this before meeting my maker
fairly intense start. not really my thing
Didn't really grab me at all
I never really cared for the limited exposure I had to this band and this album didn't do much to change my mind. The opening track is pretty good, but it quickly went downhill for me. Aside from the occasional bass line or vocal delivery nothing much really caught my attention. I just kind of went along with it for just under an hour. The band clearly has some chops but this just isn't for me. The music can be a bit dull and the vocals are mostly just average at best. 3/10. I'm sure there are others who will really dig this though.
Eh. Nothing special.
Long, occasionally tiresome. I'm not at all familiar with the band, but I did listen to the album when it came out and thought much the same thing then. Seems a bit like a proof-of-concept than a work with an internal sense of direction, if you know what I mean...
Generic. Not worth listening.
its ok but it does go on a bit without much happening - nowhere near as good as the Junior Kimbrough covers album
I remember this album being better then it actually is. Two strong singles but quite a lot of filler and a bit samey. Had been a while since I’d listened to it - it’ll be a while before I listen to it again!
It's not that this album isn't lovely - it is, all 60s psych and soul with layers of fuzz. I have put two tracks (Everlasting Light and Howlin For You) on my 'listen again' list. It's just... Is this the height of ambition in 2010? To faithfully recreate the sounds made 40 years before? Except without any of that pesky melanin this time? It's a good album. Just a dispiriting one. And possibly a little overlong.
INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW FORD MUSTANG [Camera shows car on a highway with almost no traffic] ZERO PERCENT FINANCING [Camera shows timelapse of the Milky Way galaxy] (A song from this album is playing in the background the entire time) Some songs sounded like Imagine Dragons which instantly activated my fight-or-flight response.
Cool jazz for way back when.
The formula here seems to be to distill blues rock down to it's most basic elements, drown the individual instruments in a thick film of sonic distortion and scuzz, and then remove any actual blues feel. Maybe that last part is accidental, I don't know. This music puzzles me. There are no real melodies, the tunes are mostly one chord wonders with riffs so prehistoric that Led Zep or Black Sabbath would have turned down their noses at them, and there are no real solos to speak of. Okay, on Black Mud, guitarist Dan Aurebach just unleashed a solo and it turns out that he can barely play. His bending skills are non-existent and he probably couldn't play a diatonic blues scale from the top of the frets to the bottom without losing the thread multiple times. Okay, I don't get it. What's the appeal? This is blues rock filed down to the nub, with no blues feel, played without discernable skill. It's blues rock for people who hate blues rock, a real head scratcher.
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Poor man's Arctic Monkeys
good album to listen to in the background while doing other things