The Black Keys - Turn Blue
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Based on 30 reviews
2014 Ratings: #307 / 855
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Based on 342 ratings
2014 Ratings: #373
May 13, 2014 / Release Date
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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.

One of my favorite Black Keys' albums. This is a terrific downtrodden and psychedelic journey through the mindset of heartbreak and loss.
Un disco que comienza como el fin del amor, termina como el comienzo de una nueva persona.
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.
The Black Keys' masterpiece for sure. Such a change of style, but a good one! Pink Floyd vibes as it has some psychedelic elements to it and 'Weight of Love's is the culmination of their work over the years, the song they needed to make. I love this album.
The Black Keys slightly deviate from their garage blues rock sound on Turn Blue, taking a more psychedelic approach. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of El Camino, but despite its mediocre reception upon release, it’s not that bad either. The album opens up on a very high note with the epic Pink Floyd-esque track “Weight Of Love”, but never quite reaches those heights again.

Highlights: Weight Of Love, In Time, Turn Blue, Bullet In The Brain, 10 Lovers, Gotta Get Away
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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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Added on: March 21, 2014