Delta Kream

The Black Keys - Delta Kream
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Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #534 / 736
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Based on 303 ratings
2021 Ratings: #803
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American Songwriter
While even this stellar lineup can’t truly replicate the dangerous backwoods stomp that injected a shot of adrenaline into the bloodstream of Carney and Auerbach all those years ago, it comes awfully close.
You can’t turn the clock back, of course, but in “Sad Days And Lonely Nights” you completely understand how the simple groove and ringing of the strings might act as a revivifying tonic.

Their back-to-our-roots arc is hardly new, (cf the Stones’ Blue And Lonesome), but this music is timeless, alive, and about as good as it gets.

The Arts Desk

Delta Kream is a very easy album to like. That’s also, in part, down to an easy-going, off-the-cuff feel throughout – great room reverb, a few false starts, a sense of players picking up the pieces and falling into place.

The Independent

Delta Kream celebrates true musicianship. There’s no polish here – these songs are muscular, grime-covered beasts squelching through the mud of history.

The Guardian
The pair have returned to the simpler joys of their early records... they sound thoroughly in their comfort zone and utterly in their element.
Slant Magazine
The album solidifies the Akron duo as one of the most vital and credible blues-rock bands active today.
Entertainment Weekly

Kream was recorded in a mere 10 hours, and it often feels less like a distinct set of songs than a deliberate mood.


Laconic and acidly textured, Delta Kream is a perfect balance of the Black Keys' lo-fi swagger and keen ear for the Mississippi blues traditions that inspired it.

When it works, it certainly works – potent and atmospheric ‘Delta Kream’ undoubtedly has its heart in the right place, while the core material stands as some of the most addictive elements of modern blues songwriting.

The Black Keys put their own spin on this Mississippi blues, turning it into something that sounds supple and comforting even when the tempo ratchets up to a boogie, which it doesn’t often do on Delta Kream.

Rolling Stone

Even at its best, the record sounds like bonus tracks for some more exciting release. Sometimes history's bounty is best left unmessed with.

It’s likely to appeal mostly to Dan and Patrick’s fellow blues nerds over anyone else.
While this record is unlikely to bring the band or the cultural touchstones they cover back to the top, it’s a soul-searching move that satisfies their own fandom while showing they’ll never compromise.

Even though it has some misfires, this album is still understatedly fun, driven by a pure zest for blues music that is impossible to shy away from.


The Black Keys are an American rock duo from Detroit, Michigan formed in 1997. The group consisted of Dan Auerbach (songwriter, vocals, guitar, piano, and mandolin) and his one-time wife Patrick Carney (drums and vocals). After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, the Black Keys rose to prominence in 2002 as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful and critically acclaimed albums The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness drew attention from a large ... read more


Old car on a Black Keys album cover. I mean... What can go wrong?


Not the tedious blues rock covers I expected them to be, but this setlist is about as "dad rock" as modern music gets. I'm from Ohio, I love stoner rock and all the other genres the area's known for, but I can't go all in on this one, being that it's a nostalgia-reliant covers album when new material is so few and far between. It still functions as a Black Keys album that isn't out of the realm of what fans want and expect, so should find its success easily enough. They've made these ... read more


Track-by-track listing:

1. Crawling Kingsnake (6.8/10)
2. Louise (6.2/10)
3. Poor Boy a Long Way From Home (7.8/10)
4. Stay All Night (7.2/10)
5. Going Down South (8.2/10)
6. Coal Black Mattie (7.0/10)
7. Do the Romp (7.4/10)
8. Sad Days, Lonely Nights (6.2/10)
9. Walk with Me (5.6/10)
10. Mellow Peaches (6.4/10)
11. Come on and Go with Me (6.1/10)

Average: 6.6/10

A worthy tribute of covers, with a few stellar covers that can easily pass as fantastic Keys songs.


Southern-rock is not for me, but it made for good background noise.


Favorite Tracks: Crawling Kingsnake, Poor Boy a Long Way From Home, Going Down South Coal Black Mattie

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Added on: April 13, 2021