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5.0 out of 5 stars Big come up - come
My days, what an album. Comparisons with the white stripes are somewhat unfair. This band is exceptional. Blues Rock with obvious Hendrix influences, it is great to hear a band come up with quality rock blues in this day and age. The fact they are a two piece band makes them all the more exciting. I bought the album on the back of hearing one song and discovered all 14...
Published on 17 July 2003 by tony jacobs

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3.0 out of 5 stars the black keys----------the big come up
purchased this for my son who loves them to bits..had a crafty listening session and was surprised how good it is..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big come up - come, 17 July 2003
This review is from: The Big Come Up (Audio CD)
My days, what an album. Comparisons with the white stripes are somewhat unfair. This band is exceptional. Blues Rock with obvious Hendrix influences, it is great to hear a band come up with quality rock blues in this day and age. The fact they are a two piece band makes them all the more exciting. I bought the album on the back of hearing one song and discovered all 14 are brilliant. The guitaring speaks for itself, quality riffs and rip roaring solos.
It would be wrong to pick out any sungle tunes. The album certainly doesn't have any dissapointments. It starts strong and continues, never dipping
At worst a great introduction to rock blues, at best a testament to wonderful music. The best new album i have bought since Californication (That is no reflection on the style of music tho) Keep it coming boys.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's loud, it's dirty...it's the blues. Hurrah!, 3 Jan 2003
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Not only have The White Stripes put out a succession of brilliant and inventive albums, but they have also inadvertently helped along the way a number of likeminded garage bands to stumble out of their basements, clutching a rickety old guitar in hand and onto the front pages of music magazines. The Soledad Brothers, The Von Bondies, The Datsuns, The Beatings, The Kills (and so on...) are now gaining both exposure and sales at a time when rock music seemed to be getting increasingly more uninspiring. This whole "movement" (and I use that word loosely) couldn't have happened soon enough.
The Black Keys have so far not been included in any "ones to watch" polls for 2003, but this is probably down to a distribution issue with their label than to their talent - because rest assured, this is an awesome little record and anyone enjoying The White Stripes, or the regular offerings from the Fat Possum record label, should definitely make an effort to order this album or hunt it down.
The premise is simple: a basic guitar and drums duo (hmmm, sound familiar?) who shun glossy production values for the kind of earthy, primal noise that makes the whole album sound like it was recorded in a wooden shed. On a four track…probably in the rain! Yes, primitive it may be, but as The Stripes have proved, it can also be extremely thrilling. Adopting this stripped down approach (ie, dropping the bass guitar) can often prove to be a problem, because the “bottom end” is abscent, but Dan and Patrick are both very impressive musicians and as “Busted” launches out of the speakers in all it’s RL-Burnside-lick-nicking glory you don’t even notice. Top marks especially must go to Dan for possessing one almighty gutsy, earthy voice that would a T-Model Ford fan weep with joy – he’s in a class of his own.
Highlights here include the aforementioned “Busted”, the swaggering “Heavy Soul” (complete with an almighty mess of a guitar solo!), the rattling “Do The Rump” and inspired cover of “She Said, She Said”. The whole album really swaggers, stomps and most importantly rocks and rolls – with the killer, and all important, blues vibe pierced right through its heart.
Yes, the rather inevitable Stripes comparisons will no doubt annoy them after a while, but these guys have easily made one fine blues album on their own merits, and it really is one of 2002’s best!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Cool Blues Album, I love it!, 25 April 2011
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Mr Johann Shepherd (Bradford, West Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Big Come Up (Audio CD)
I absolutely love this album, it's so organic, it's so cool, raw guitars, clicks and all, just bang on the money blues by two young guys who have created a new following of fans to this style of music. put this in your car stereo during a hot summers day, very loud instead of any electronic dance music (which I beleive is for clubs or headphone listening) wind your windows down and cruise through the town slowly, this music is so cool you won't need your aircon and you will see passers by ears prick up and they start to groove. It's old style music with a new feel and is brilliant. Can't fault any song on this or any of the other Black Keys albums. I managed to see them live last year and they were awesome, sounded just like their albums, live and raw and cool as!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!, 3 Sep 2003
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Mr. Andrew Bramah "andy bramah" (PRESTON, LANCASHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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two guys,a four track and god knows what else.a day later a glorious guitar album that brings back all the blues guitarists youve ever heard of.a piece of pure talent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to it., 19 Oct 2004
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Solid, rocking blues. Outstanding. One of the most honest, genuine and heart-felt musical genres gets a kick up the behind by these two guys. They're kinda like the white stripes but their songs seem to be more underground (probably due to the amount that they stick to tradition). They never intended to make it big really, just to play a few gigs during the winter season, then work on a farm together during the hotter months - due to the outstanding talent and taste on display, however, fate gave them a hand.
I absolutely cannot wait to see this band at Shepherds Bush Empire in a few weeks... Gonna be one of the best gigs I've been to I'm sure.
By the way, check out the other two albums "Thickfreakness" (The title track of which is outstanding) & "Rubber Factory" - All three albums are outstanding and deserve to be bought by yourself!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic bluesy rock, 16 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Big Come Up (Audio CD)
The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness (Black Keys debut and second albums) are two classics of the genre. In my opinion they are far better than the later albums produced by DangerMouse (although I still like Brothers and El Camino, but in a different way)I have just bought Rubber Factory and hoping that that is as good as the Big Come Up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to introduce you to the best band playing right now!, 22 Oct 2005
This review is from: The Big Come Up (Audio CD)
You won't be disappointed with this CD. It's no gamble to buy it if you haven't heard The Black Keys play - as long as you like rock, or blues, you will love this album. They seem to be on a marathon US tour at the moment but could be in the UK September 2006, so you've got time to get this and realise what you've been missing from your life before you see them live!! You won't regret it, honest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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This review is from: Big Come Up [VINYL] (Vinyl)
The black keys when they were good. Great album
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5.0 out of 5 stars The big come up, 23 Oct 2013
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This is the Black Keys 1st album and arguably their best. Love the raw earthy sound. Music at it's roots
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid album..., 9 Aug 2013
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I bought this as have already got a couple of more recent releases from the Black Keys that are good albums, this however in my opinion is how the Black Keys should always sound. The recording is rough & raw, the songs sound live & full of energy. This is a blues / rock album full of great guitar licks, if you like it raw & gritty, get a copy & play it loud.
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