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The Black Keys - Brothers
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2010 Ratings: #102 / 900
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 568 ratings
2010 Ratings: #94
Liked by 18 people
May 18, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
The Black Keys, Mark Neill, Danger Mouse / Producer
Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

The tough blues band of the Black Keys earliest records is back, but the group hasn’t forgotten what they’ve learned in their inwardly psychedelic mid-period.

wanderingstar
70
About what I was expecting. It's pretty good, innit?
LaCroixBoix
70
I've had an up and down relationship with The Black Keys. On one side they're a super fun blues rock group that puts out kickass singles and sometimes a really solid record. Brothers isn't my favorite of theirs, but it is still a pretty landmark album for the decade to come.

This duo had been having a career almost a whole decade before Brothers even dropped, but this is really the one that blasted them off into indie stardom. I seriously had no clue who they were before it. After hearing ... read more
luis_lez
90
Probablemente de los mejores discos que he escuchado en mi vida. Un blues rock bastante bueno con la notoria mejoría en la producción a comparación de sus discos anteriores. Lo único flojo del disco es que se siente muy largo innecesariamente, pero contiene canciones de calidad en su mayoría.

Canciones sobresalientes: 'Everlasting light', 'The only one', 'Ten cent pistol' y 'Never gonna give you up'.
ZIGMACHINE
90
Ten Cent Pistol 100
Everlasting Light 98
Sinister Kid 97
Howlin' for You 97
Tighten Up 96
She's Long Gone 93
The Only One 92
Next Girl 91
Unknown Brother 90
I'm Not the One 88
Too Afraid to Love You 86
The Go Getter 79
Black Mud 79
These Days 78
Never Gonna Give You Up 76
(89/87)
MasterCrackfox
78
Given the immense popularity that has been bestowed upon this group one would expect this album to be a little too friendly to have that solid garage rock sound. Lo and behold, there are some pleasantly surprising tracks here to get into. That doesn't mean that some of the overplayed tracks from this record haven't lost some of their luster, but that would imply that they still don't have some replay value.

Favorite track: Never Gonna Give You Up
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Track List

  1. Everlasting Light 
  2. Next Girl 
  3. Tighten Up 
  4. Howlin' for You 
  5. She's Long Gone 
  6. Black Mud 
  7. The Only One 
  8. Too Afraid to Love You 
  9. Ten Cent Pistol 
  10. Sinister Kid 
  11. The Go Getter 
  12. I'm Not the One 
  13. Unknown Brother 
  14. Never Gonna Give You Up 
  15. These Days
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