- El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 24 reviews
2011 Rank: #130 / 877
USER SCORE
79
Based on
212 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

The brilliance of El Camino lies in the fact that it is still perfectly modern, a step in the direction of legitimizing the use of vocal effects, multi-tracking and ultimately catchy choruses

80
Consequence of Sound

El Camino distills its predecessor’s high-octane fumes and high-profile influences into very nearly the Platonic ideal of rock and roll.

74
Pitchfork

The riffs are glam-nasty, the lyrics sublimely knuckleheaded, the basslines nimble and bombastic, the mood frivolous and fun and unabashedly corny.

74
Beats Per Minute

El Camino is aeons away from being revolutionary or influential, despite the public praise the album seems destined to receive.

70
musicOMH

El Camino sports a clearly defined sound that, despite a definite studio sheen, leaves just enough grit in the mix.

50
No Ripcord

The Black Keys have created a record that they believe is how a rock’n’roll record should sound, but without soul or sex or genuine sweet emotion.

Oct 9, 2016*
NR
At this point, The Black Keys are a significant band in that they combine commercial success with, possibly not great, but undeniably interesting music.
Jan 10, 2015
Bogeyman
83
Doesn't take itself too seriously, very catchy collection of tunes that has a sleazy, 70s vibe to it.
Jul 11, 2014
rapmartin12
90
Stand-Out Tracks:
- Lonely Boy
- Gold on the Ceiling
- Nova Baby
Mar 6, 2014
95
every songs perfect rock !
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December 6, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
Danger Mouse, The Black Keys / Producer
Rock / Genres
Tags
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 9 - American Songwriter
# 16 - Bigger Than The Sound
# 6 - MOJO
# 24 - Obscure Sound
# 22 - Paste
# 21 - Pazz and Jop
# 12 - Rolling Stone
# 36 - SPIN
# 35 - Spinner
# 10 - TIME
MISC LISTS
# 6 - NPR Listeners
# 29 - Old Waver
# 29 - Pitchfork Readers
Track List
  1. Lonely Boy 
  2. Dead and Gone 
  3. Gold on the Ceiling
  4. Little Black Submarines 
  5. Money Maker 
  6. Run Right Back 
  7. Sister 
  8. Hell of a Season 
  9. Stop Stop
  10. Nova Baby
  11. Mind Eraser


Added on: October 10, 2011