- Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 22 reviews
2010 Rank: #100 / 829
USER SCORE
81
Based on
237 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

The tough blues band of the Black Keys earliest records is back, but the group hasn’t forgotten what they’ve learned in their inwardly psychedelic mid-period.

77
Pitchfork

After working with Danger Mouse on their last full-length, Black Keys sound re-energized and playful on their loosest record in years.

70
Drowned in Sound

It finds The Black Keys taking on elements of what they’ve learnt on their journey here, but sticking resolutely to a recipe of guitar, drums and raspy, wisened vocals.

Jul 11, 2014
rapmartin12
90
Stand-Out Tracks:
- Tighten Up
- The Only One
Jun 21, 2017
70
Breakthrough album for The Black Keys and probably the last truly enjoyable one for me. The songs are good but lack much diversity. This is the same blues-rock sound they've been pushing since their debut, just filtered through a more poppy approach that sees them trade cohesive songwriting for possible hits.
Oct 9, 2016
NR
The album that signalled their commercial breakthrough and, fortunately, one that's also really good. In my opinion, their best along with Rubber Factory.
Sep 16, 2016
Z.Younk
85
Even if you hate pop breakthroughs, you're unlikely to hate their new direction.
Nov 16, 2014
Tom Simmons
75
Fav Tracks: Howlin' For You, She's Long Gone, Black Mud, The Only One, Sinister Kid

Least Fav: These Days
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May 18, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
The Black Keys, Mark Neill, Danger Mouse / Producer
Rock / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 12 - A.V. Club
# 3 - Amazon
# 1 - American Songwriter
# 13 - Clash
# 28 - Consequence of Sound
# 4 - Entertainment Weekly
# 5 - MOJO
# 33 - One Thirty BPM
# 46 - Paste
# 17 - PopMatters
# 11 - Q Magazine
# 6 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 2 - Rolling Stone
# 5 - Slant
# 30 - Spin
# 11 - Spinner
# 7 - Time
# 28 - Uncut
# 9 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 3 - NPR Listeners (Mid Year)
Track List
  1. Everlasting Light 
  2. Next Girl 
  3. Tighten Up 
  4. Howlin' for You 
  5. She's Long Gone 
  6. Black Mud 
  7. The Only One 
  8. Too Afraid to Love You 
  9. Ten Cent Pistol 
  10. Sinister Kid 
  11. The Go Getter 
  12. I'm Not the One 
  13. Unknown Brother 
  14. Never Gonna Give You Up 
  15. These Days