Attack & Release Until now, you could say everyone should own one Black Keys album...and maybe only one. And it seems the guitar/drums duo knew, four albums out,… Attack & Release Until now, you could say everyone should own one Black Keys album...and maybe only one. And it seems the guitar/drums duo knew, four albums out,… 2008-04-01 The Black Keys Rock
Music Review

Attack & Release (2008)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2008; Lead Performance: The Black Keys; Genre: Rock

Until now, you could say everyone should own one Black Keys album...and maybe only one. And it seems the guitar/drums duo knew, four albums out, that they'd exhausted their primitivist blues stomp — so they hired sonic omnivore Danger Mouse, of Gnarls Barkley, to produce the fifth, Attack & Release. Added to the soup are layers of organ, Moog, banjo, flute, and other verboten sounds, which might sound like too sudden a leap from lo-fi to hi-. But somehow the quirks enhance the power of the desolation at the Keys' core, and prove that gut-grabbing and ear-stroking needn't be mutually exclusive. A-
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Originally posted Mar 28, 2008 Published in issue #985 Apr 04, 2008 Order article reprints