AOTY 2017
The Black Keys - El Camino
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #135 / 891
Year End Rank: #46
User Score
Based on 230 ratings
2011 Ratings: #69
December 6, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
Danger Mouse, The Black Keys / Producer
Rock / Genres
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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.

Sep 16, 2017
78
Following their new direction, they turn up the amplifier, put some great hooks inside, transform the dust into glitter and create the best, pure rock album of the year.
Jul 5, 2017
83
Tied with Brothers for their best album, what a killer!
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
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