Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Black Keys

  • The Big Come Up [Alive, 2002] ***
  • Attack & Release [Nonesuch, 2008] Dud
  • Brothers [Nonesuch, 2010] *
  • El Camino [Thrill Jockey, 2011] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Big Come Up [Alive, 2002]
not Jimi yet, but fast approaching Stevie Ray ("She Said, She Said," "I'll Be Your Man") ***

Attack & Release [Nonesuch, 2008] Dud

Brothers [Nonesuch, 2010]
Keeping it simple, but for once not too simple ("Next Girl," "The Go Getter"). *

El Camino [Thrill Jockey, 2011]
With advice from Master of All Soundscapes Danger Mouse, they construct a loud blooze-rawk one, complete with song outlines ("Lonely Boy," "Run Right Back") *