The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2014 Ratings: #310 / 964
User Score
Based on 382 ratings
2014 Ratings: #412
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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.

JohnnyB1965
84
One of my favorite Black Keys' albums. This is a terrific downtrodden and psychedelic journey through the mindset of heartbreak and loss.
marulisu
51
I have tried to get into the Black Keys before and failed every time. I think I haven’t heard this album before so lets give it a shot.

The first track is wonderful. There is atmosphere that I love. But soon as the vocals come in loose interest. The instruments are good, but that vocals sound is my steppingstone. There is something about that bluesy/rootsy modern rock vocal sound that always sounds all the same for me and on top of that really boring.

Every single other track in this ... read more
MaceBlade42
72
Well, I don't really hate this one, and there are some redeeming songs on it, but this didn't really impress me or flow very well. At times, they sound felt conflicted, like it wanted to go one way, but then played it very safe. The opening track is a great mood setter, but the rest of the album did not follow through on that. I've only listened to El Camino and Let's Rock in full, but this was definitely my least favorite of those 3. It's still a Black Keys album, though, and it's still good ... read more
21stcenturyschi
58
The Black Keys' 8th studio album, Turn Blue abandons a lot of the raw garage rock/blues rock styles to puruse a take on the genre, with a new variety of sounds and influences. The duo tries to mix what they are normally up to, with a series of psychedelia, electronic rock and even minor elements of progressive, a la Pink Floyd on tracks such as the opener, "Weight of Love". The problem here though, is that I don't find all of the new entries to the group's sound to be very ... read more
JacksonLerner
87
a Black Keys + Danger Mouse collab = greatness. Announced on Twitter by Mike Tyson, ‘Turn Blue’ is a standout in their catalog in the best way possible. The usual garage rock wails shift into a contained, psychedelic sound. This album is polished, evident on the instant-classic album opener "Weight of Love". Those are the finest six minutes on an album full of achievements such as "Fever", "Waiting on Words", and "Bullet in the Brain". ... read more
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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