"Let's Rock"

The Black Keys - "Let's Rock"
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2019 Ratings: #626 / 793
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Based on 487 ratings
2019 Ratings: #905
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The rousing music shows The Black Keys have plenty of rock’n’roll fire left in their bellies. ‘Let’s Rock’ certainly proves the electricity’s still there.


It's a good-time record designed for daylight and, after the murky Turn Blue and its ensuing hiatus, it's refreshing to hear the Black Keys step out of the dark and into the sunshine.

Q Magazine
Sounds like the work of a band reinvigorated.
Northern Transmissions

Although the band have yet to falter, “Let’s Rock” sounds like a rejuvenating return to form, rather than an exhaustion of ideas.

The Independent

A viscerally entertaining album that never lingers for more than four minutes per song. Rock’n’roll isn’t dead: it’s just been sleeping.

Rolling Stone

“Let’s Rock” is in the emotional tradition of most Sixties garage-rock: the singer on a bummer, the band making a noise to raise him up.

The Guardian

The lyrics are rarely more than functional but the music is persuasive: hard, shining rock, with an irresistible pop edge.


Although they might be easy songs, these old boys haven’t lost it. This album of ditties is near on a masterpiece.


"Let's Rock" is stripped-down, straightforward and ultimately, a blast.


On all counts, “Let’s Rock” succeeds in its mission. Hit the road, roll down the windows, and play it loud.

The Line of Best Fit

Sitting comfortably alongside high water marks like El Camino, it’s clear on Let’s Rock that the boys’ batteries are fully charged and ready to giddy up and hit the ground running once again.


They’re rockers with a thing for sturdy songs and primal riffs, and that’s exactly what Let’s Rock delivers.


By returning to their stylistic roots and incorporating recent projects and efforts, the Black Keys have delivered on the album's promise and in review, this is a strong rock album: lyrically moody and musically loud.

No Ripcord

The duo's closeness shows in their competent performances, and "Let's Rock" is faithful in intent and execution.


Just as the album art for Brothers, with its matter-of-fact text, downplayed expectations, “Let’s Rock” is upfront about its meat-and-potatoes aspirations. This is an album by the Black Keys called “Let’s Rock.” It does.

God Is in the TV

Whilst Let’s Rock isn’t their finest moment, it’s still a great listen especially when you whack the volume up. It’s definitely a grower, and the more times I’ve listened to it, the more there is to like about it.

Consequence of Sound

The duo’s latest is a layered, well-orchestrated affair, and as long as you’re willing to let go of any hope of a return to those lean and mean Thickfreakness days, “Let’s Rock” won’t disappoint.

The Observer

An album that’s solid rather than spectacular.

Loud and Quiet

They do sound as if the time away has given them a bit of a jolt. There’s few new ideas, but plenty of fresh energy.


The beloved blues rock kings return, after five years away, with a record whose spontaneous energy can't mask its undercooked sound and lack of impact.

Under The Radar

While there is nothing unpalatable on "Let's Rock", the majority of the tracks are missing that intangible ingredient from the music with only a few songs being a flawless merging of instrumental dexterity and fashionable spirit that allow these artists to explore their blues side while indulging their rock tendencies.


Opener ‘Shine a Little Light’ kicks things off with some promising, hefty riffs, but from thereon The Black Keys’ return is a depressingly unimaginative thing.

Spill Magazine

Listening to Let’s Rock at a stretch likens to turning on a rock radio channel today and feeling like everything sounds the same, and that’s because it does.


There’s a strut and a swagger for sure, but a lack of the flair that saw them shine in their younger days.


Okay so maybe I was a little harsh, before you bash this album a little backstory maybe.

For those of you who dont know, The Black Keys are without a doubt one of the most influential rock groups to come out of the 2000s. They led the way along with bands like The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Killers, and The Hives. Their influence on rock is undeniable and though they didnt truly start getting recognized for their work on a global scale until the release of their album ... read more


It's albums like this that make people think that rock is dying.

Let me explain.

This was a record I had no anticipation to listen to. The Black Keys have always been a band that I've wanted to love or get into, but for whatever reason I just haven't clicked with their blend of blues power-pop rock. It's very rarely something that really makes me stand up with excitement, or sticks to my brain at all. To my ears, it sounds nice and punchy in good places, but the next day I completely forget ... read more


There is literally nothing happening in this album... The whole tracklist could be replaced by a whole new set of generic garage rock songs and I would not even notice. We are far away from the amazing Brothers album.


This is a fantastic sounding record. The separation between all the guitar tracks is incredible, you can easily pick out each part or you can let them all wash over you. Closer to home than Turn Blue, which is welcome in some places, but unwelcome in others. "Breaking Down" is by far the most ambitious song on the album, and it's a nice attempt to recall the sounds of Turn Blue, but it sticks out like a sore thumb. Then there's "Walk Across The Water" which is the best song ... read more


No way this is rated poorly. What more do you want from an album? Every song is good --> banger


Its decent.
Best Tracks: Shine A Little Light, Every Little Thing, Lo/Hi, Eagle Birds
Worst Track: Sit Around and Miss You

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Added on: April 25, 2019