The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #352 / 845
User Score
Based on 286 ratings
2014 Ratings: #325
May 13, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

This is another step along that path of evolution destined to appear on end of year best album lists, and ... it’s quite possibly The Black Keys’ own best ever long player. 

83
Consequence of Sound

Turn Blue does a bunch of moving around itself, reveling in styles from soft psych and broiling hard rock while expanding to greater heights through multi-tracking and ghostly ooh-ooh vocals.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

El Camino was the sound of The Black Keys flexing their muscles as they reached for that sword, but Turn Blue is the sound of The Black Keys baring their soul and testing the parameters.

80
AllMusic

Songs stretch out longer here than they have on any previous Black Keys LP, but this doesn't feel indulgent due to the precision of the production; things may seem to drift but every bit of fuzz and echo is in its right place.

75
Paste

Overall, Turn Blue is a darker, less linear album—a logical curveball following that Grammy-winning LP’s eager-to-please charm.

70
Exclaim!

Comfortable, but numbing. It all sounds great, but the songs don't sink in, don't push past the surface.

70
Drowned in Sound

If you were hankering for a return to their garage-rock roots, then Turn Blue is going to disappoint; however, if you’ve liked where the band have gone since Dangermouse came on board, you’ll find plenty to appreciate here.

70
American Songwriter

Turn Blue is the most masterful representation to date of the duo’s successful transformation from lost-in-the-milieu garage rockers to game-changing, widely appealing songwriters.

60
DIY

Much like that fancy sports car, 'Turn Blue' is big, bombastic and very well made. Just, at points, a teensy bit ostentatious.

60
NME

There’s a lot to like about ‘Turn Blue’, but it’s a cruel irony that the heaviest hand in Dan Auerbach’s warts-and-all confessional sometimes seems to belong to his producer.

60
Spin

It's not White Blood Cells or Icky Thump, but at least they no longer sound like they're producing records in a Black Keys factory.

58
Pitchfork

Throughout Turn Blue, it's difficult to tell how invested these guys actually are in the music they're making, an indifferent attitude that encourages the listener to act in tandem.

43
A.V. Club

The band continues to push into more experimental territory on this record, but often that means just adding multiple layers of production tricks rather than deploying them in an interesting and engaging manner.

lauramarin
87
Un disco que comienza como el fin del amor, termina como el comienzo de una nueva persona.
th_initiator
76
Who gave Auerbach and Carney LSD? It may have led to the creations of masterpieces including "Fever" and "Gotta Get Away", although the rest of the songs are only so-so. I do like the full-psychedelic that they went, they just couldn't write the right songs.

I'd rate Fever 100/100.
OmarElDark
16
Imaginen lo mejores discos de los mejores músicos contemporáneos (My Beutiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Ok Computer, The Surburbs, Nevermind… etc) ahora piensen en sus sucesores, son un cambio radical de sonido, alejado totalmente de sus raíces, un mal necesario sin mucha pretensión o un suicidio comercial. Ahora veamos el caso de The Black Keys, El Camino es un álbum que no es malo, tiene sus hits como Lonely Boy y Little Black Submarines, contiene algunos ... read more
ZIGMACHINE
81
Gotta Get Away 95
Weight of Love 89
Fever 89
Bullet in the Brain 86
Turn Blue 85
In Time 85
Year in Review 77
In Our Prime 77
It’s Up to You Now 76
10 Lovers 70
Waiting on Words 60
kappachino
71
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Track List

  1. Weight of Love
  2. In Time
  3. Turn Blue
  4. Fever
  5. Year in Review
  6. Bullet in the Brain
  7. It’s Up to You Now
  8. Waiting on Words
  9. 10 Lovers
  10. In Our Prime

  11. Gotta Get Away 
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