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Rubber Factory

The Black Keys Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Released December 6, 2011 on Nonesuch Records, El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The record debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200; its first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached #1 on the Alternative and AAA radio charts and is certified RIAA Gold. The second single, ... Read more in Amazon's The Black Keys Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B0002LM0VO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When The Lights Go Out
2. 1AM Automatic
3. Just Couldn’t Tie Me Down
4. All Hands Against His Own
5. The Desperate Man
6. Girl Is On My Mind
7. The Lengths
8. Grown So Ugly
9. Stack Shot Billy
10. Act Nice And Gentle
11. Aeroplane Blues
12. Keep Me
13. Till I Get My Way

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Opening with the slide guitar-driven "When the Lights Go Out", Rubber Factory starts as it means to go on – this is blues that sticks to its guns and does a damn fine job of it. And there's more to recommend it than simply the lovely lo-fi production (Jack White eat yer heart out) – there's conviction in the performance and strong songs to back it up. In a genre that, these days, has a tendency to slip into dreary cliché, The Black Keys should be applauded for keeping things interesting.

So this is a blues album – to dress it up as anything else would be to miss its point. But that shouldn't put off the casual listener. As well as the more trad-sounding opener, and tracks such as "Stack Shot Billy" (whose guitar wouldn't sound out of place on a John Lee Hooker record), you get the beautiful, mournful "The Lengths" and rockers such as "All Hands Against His Own" and the album's rousing closer, "Till I Get My Way". All in all, proof that the blues can still be relevant today, even if a sizeable proportion of its originators are now no longer with us. --Marc Bloomfield

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Rubber Factory is the second album from the acclaimed guitar and drum, delta blues-infused rock duo from Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys. Their first release, Thickfreakness, was a massive hit in the UK and got great reviews in the music press.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Keys - Rubbery it aint 7 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Carrying on from 'Thickfreakness' and the much underated 'Big Come Up', the Black keys put out another platter of diesel-smelling dirty groundwater blues rock.
The harsh production lends an air of authenticity missing in so many of today's over-produced airbrushed bands. But leaving the album aside -which is great- you really should grab the chance to see them live. A truly awesome experience. Catch them while they're still doing smaller venues. The Black Keys will rise.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Good Stuff 22 Oct 2004
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I love The Black Keys, Thickfreakness was amazing, however, in all fairness this album is not as good.
Its worthy of buying as certain tracks are fantastic but as a whole it doesn't blow you away.
The band have definitely developed since the last album. In fact, The Lengths is one of the best songs on the album. A really mellow, pedal steel backed tune. On the mellow theme Act Nice and Gentle is also memorable, a cover version, that doesn't sound unlike Mungo Jerry's - In the Summertime, but nevertheless puts a smile on your face.
10 AM Automatic & Til I Get my Way follow Thickfreaknesses blend of catchy blues rock, condensed to a palatable 3mins or so.
If your a fan buy it. If not try Thickfreakness, the first half of that album is Stunning and rest is pretty good too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it 3 listens, then a million more 17 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album takes about 2 or 3 listens to grow on you, but once you can understand The black keys you will not be able to stop listening.
This album seems to perfectly fuse their old contempory blues style with a some exciting new 'Hendrix'esque guitar decoration. My favourite tracks have to be 4, 6 and 13, but the whole album is brilliant listened to as a whole.
The only complaint i have about this album is that it hasn't got any tracks that are quite as brilliant as "have love will travel" from their previous album "Thickfreakness".
Buy it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn it. 3 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is easily the best album they have done, i've owned it for a while and not written a review but upon seeing all the other reviews i felt it had to be said. THE ONLY SIMILARITY WITH THE THE WHITES STRIPES IS THAT THEY'RE A TWO PIECE BAND. They sound entirely different and for a start, Pat can drum and meg can't. However there is a feel of hendrix and definately cream/clapton about theyre songs; this the best album out of the 6(including te EP, which is worth buying aswell)and everyone should buy it. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Key to the Blues 8 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've always been into The Gun Club and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion rather than The White Stripes. So I wasn't sure I was going to like this album. Mainly because, at first sight, they seemed to be another `colour-tagged' blues duo. Just a bunch of copyists I thought. Oh, how wrong can one be? This album is jam packed full of great tunes and gritty low-down blues. 1AM Automatic sounds like the best track the Exile era Rolling Stones never released. Whereas The Desperate Man and Stack Shot Billy ooze real blues menace and wouldn't be out of place on a Howlin' Wolf album. But how do these guys do it when so many others get it so wrong? Partly it's down to unquantifiable judgements like `feel' and `intensity' and all those other words that critics throw around in an attempt to describe the indescribable. It's also down to great tunes and playability and all the reasons one needs to play it for the tenth time in one twenty four hour period strung out on the English equivalent of moonshine, work engendered dislocation and too much damp weather. If you really think the Blues are dead, I suggest you buy the Rubber Factory and bounce them back to life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars modern blues 9 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
this must be one of the best modern blues cd ive heard for a long time .a good mix of indie rock with that outstanding blues slid guitar work.man can he play .good old down and dirty blues ,just one or poss two week tracks but thats my view,of to buy back catalouge releases.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another corking album 29 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
Being a huge fan of their previous offering, "thickfreakness", I'm delighted to report that The Black Keys keep up their stirling work with this follow up. Great guitar work dominates the album, reminding me of Jimi Hendrix once again - they really are that good. Strains of the promise the Lenny Kravitz keeps offering (but failing to deliver on in this reviewer's opinion) can also be found peppering the album. Vocals are appropriately gritty and seem to come out effortlessly.
This is rock at its best - and they're only 3 albums in. Great stuff. Don't hesitate to buy this album ASAP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 14 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
The song 'Keep me' is worth the money alone.. one of the best blues rock songs iv ever heard, listen to that and youl know if you like the black keys... enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My introduction to The Black Keys was the Brothers album but loving this one now
Published 8 days ago by MR R T MORGAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Rubber Factory
This is OK, but I didn't enjoy it as much as 'Brothers.' It's a bit repetitive, and lacks the variety of 'Brothers.'
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. F. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Firstly the format, I was expecting the regular weight vinyl, what was delivered was the limited edition 180gram weight with a code to download the mp3's, that was a great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Chaplin
5.0 out of 5 stars another great album
Love all I have heard from the Black Keys. This is no exception. Highly recommend to anyone who appreciates music.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars birthday present
ordered it for my son for his birthday and he loves it and has converted my other son to black keys
Published 6 months ago by carol h
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
I can't give much in the way of technical comments about music, all I know that this album is one of the best albums I have ever purchased. Simply superb. No dud tracks here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SUFFIELDJAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Another great album from the Black keys, the more I listen to the back catalogue the more I think they are one of the best bands around.
Published 9 months ago by 1Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the blues really went...
This album was my first experience of the Black Keys. I've gotta tell you, it just blows me away every time I hear it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great collection
The Black Keys doing what they do, not sure if this is their best but it is certainly up there.
If I had to chose one I think it would be this.
Published 12 months ago by David Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars Need to own this....
So like most people got into the, the black keys after the latest album el camino, which is a good album, but when to start buying the back catoulogue you realise just how good... Read more
Published 14 months ago by giles lock
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