AOTY 2019

"Let's Rock"

The Black Keys - "Let's Rock"
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2019 Ratings: #459 / 605
User Score
Based on 298 ratings
2019 Ratings: #926
June 28, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Easy Eye Sound, Nonesuch / Label
Garage Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

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.

80
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.

80
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.

80
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.

80
The Guardian

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

80
musicOMH

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.

80
Exclaim!

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

80
Gigwise

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

76
Sputnikmusic

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

75
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.

72
Paste

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

70
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.

70
Pitchfork

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.

70
No Ripcord

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

70
PopMatters

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.

67
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.

60
NME

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.

60
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.

60
The Observer

An album that’s solid rather than spectacular.

50
Clash

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

50
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.

50
DIY

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.

50
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.

zachthesnack
56
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
PipePanic
30
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
Plats
65
The Black Keys are back. Yay? I mean, there's nothing bad about "Let's Rock", it's just plays things really safe. In terms of songwriting, it's okay but in terms of blues rock instrumentation, it's a bit lazy. Overall, it's plenty of dumb fun but it's also just standard car commercial rock.

Fav Tracks: Eagle Birds, Under The Gun, Sit Around And Miss You, Shine A Little Light, Fire Walk With Me, Every Little Thing

Least Fav Track: Go

Score:
6.5
Decent
MothaOfMotha12
80
it really isnt that bad, its actually pretty fun, except for these love songs, these are trash
usedtobe
77
Fairly enjoyable and welcomed return from the blues/psych-rock duo that never stays still with decent amount of energy and grit as shared from their past works. This is a more cool brother to El Camino, which was highly melodic at each turns.
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Year End Lists

#44/Rolling Stone
#61/Uncut

Track List

  1. Shine a Little Light
  2. Eagle Birds
  3. Lo/Hi
  4. Walk Across the Water
  5. Tell Me Lies
  6. Every Little Thing
  7. Get Yourself Together
  8. Sit Around and Miss You
  9. Go
  10. Breaking Down
  11. Under the Gun
  12. Fire Walk With Me
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