The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2014 Ratings: #397 / 1004
User Score
Based on 435 ratings
2014 Ratings: #283
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May 13, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, Danger Mouse / Producer
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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. 

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.

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.


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.


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


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

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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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.

I can see a lot of mixed reviews here and I can understand. No Black Keys record has ever been as big as a departure from the old sound as this one. But I've got no problems with it, it's just sounding way more like some casual indie band, feels like Dan Auerbach's guitar tone really is the main remaining thing from the garage and blues rock era. And most songs are really good, although I have to admit that I did miss the guitar dominance in the album. But the songs were nice.
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One of my favorite Black Keys' albums. This is a terrific downtrodden and psychedelic journey through the mindset of heartbreak and loss.
announced on twitter by mike tyson, ‘turn blue’ is a standout in the black keys’ catalog in the best way possible. their usual garage rock wails shift into a more contained, psychedelic sound.

patrick carney describes the album title as a "shout-out to Ohio"; it comes from a catchphrase from Ghoulardi: the horror-alter-ego of Cleveland television and radio's Ernie Anderson.

this album is polished, evident on the instant-classic album opener "Weight of ... read more
Black Keys' Turn Blue is most definitely the oddest and sonically experimental record in their catalog, which is saying a lot since they barely change things up most of the time. It may sound derivative and a little toothless, but savour this thing while it lasts, because we may never get another Black Keys record like this in the foreseeable future, and most of the songs are actually very good slices of psychedelic rock.

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Added on: March 21, 2014