The Black Keys - El Camino
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2011 Ratings: #147 / 951
Year End Rank: #48
User Score
Based on 452 ratings
2011 Ratings: #144
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December 6, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
Rock / Genres
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The brilliance of El Camino lies in the fact that it is still perfectly modern, a step in the direction of legitimizing the use of vocal effects, multi-tracking and ultimately catchy choruses

Consequence of Sound

El Camino distills its predecessor’s high-octane fumes and high-profile influences into very nearly the Platonic ideal of rock and roll.


The riffs are glam-nasty, the lyrics sublimely knuckleheaded, the basslines nimble and bombastic, the mood frivolous and fun and unabashedly corny.

Beats Per Minute

El Camino is aeons away from being revolutionary or influential, despite the public praise the album seems destined to receive.


El Camino sports a clearly defined sound that, despite a definite studio sheen, leaves just enough grit in the mix.

No Ripcord

The Black Keys have created a record that they believe is how a rock’n’roll record should sound, but without soul or sex or genuine sweet emotion.

Very vibrant and amped up album. A lot of high points on this record its honestly my favorite Black Keys album. Some great rock cuts from this one and i love the twist and style that they had going on this one. My dad has this on vinyl so its always bumping in my house
Following their new direction, they turn up the amplifier, put some great hooks inside, transform the dust into glitter and create the best, pure rock album of the year.
i really like this.
Very vibrant album that starts well and ends even better containing the most famous "Lonely Boy" which is the highlight of the album. Other very good ones are "Dead and Gone", "Gold on the Ceiling", "Run Right Back", "Stop Stop" and "Hell of a Season".

Álbum muito vibrante que começa bem e termina melhor ainda contendo a mais famosa "Lonely Boy" que é o grande destaque do álbum. Outras muito boas ... read more
The singles were massive and inescapable rock radio staples back in the day. “Little Black Submarines” especially is incredible. Deep cuts are okay.

Highlights: Lonely Boy, Gold On The Ceiling, Little Black Submarines, Sister, Mind Eraser
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Track List

  1. Lonely Boy 
  2. Dead and Gone 
  3. Gold on the Ceiling
  4. Little Black Submarines 
  5. Money Maker 
  6. Run Right Back 
  7. Sister 
  8. Hell of a Season 
  9. Stop Stop
  10. Nova Baby
  11. Mind Eraser
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Added on: October 10, 2011