The Black Keys - El Camino
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2011 Ratings: #121 / 911
Year End Rank: #48
User Score
Based on 307 ratings
2011 Ratings: #95
December 6, 2011 / Release Date
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Nonesuch / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

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

80
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.

74
Pitchfork

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

74
Beats Per Minute

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

70
musicOMH

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

50
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.

MinatoArisato
65
Coming hot off the heels of Brothers, El Camino is rather disappointing. Aside from a few solid tracks most of these songs are your standard blues tracks that The Black Keys had already shown to us time and time again. It doesn't help that all the vocals sound pretty much the same and the guitar playing just feels lazy and repetitive at times.

Best Track: Little Black Submarines
Worst Track: Money Maker
tha138
78
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.
Tielur
65
whip boutta break down
kappachino
75
Aight
aldebaran_5
85
"El Camino" is gifted with life, honesty and also captivating songs. An album that approaches the old but is looking for the future, resulting in a record that sound timeless.
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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