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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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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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By P. Sharpe VINE VOICE on 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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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".
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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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The first few songs are like a sucker punch. To the uninitiated it is like a slap asking, 'Why have you not listened to this band before?' Rubber Factory has all the signs of an album for mainstream acceptance...but i don't think they will get it. The music on this album is too raw, too primeval and too fantastic to be played on the radio. Buy this album and you won't ever regret it, the Black keys have this ability to get to the very essence of rock and the blues and twang at strings in you that you never had. Dan's hanuting guitar and Patrick's nous both behind the drums and as a producers has created another album that should, in years to come, be seen as a great rock album. If you liked the big come up, thick freakness...in fact any great guitar based music...you will love this!
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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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