Attack & Release was the first the Black Keys record to feature an outside producer and when that outside producer is none other than Danger Mouse then it's easy to see why it was a significant move on from their early blues rock sound. Commercial success would come later with 2010s Brothers but Attack & Release was an early sign of things to come.   

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Attack & Release by The Black Keys
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7/10 Penrith Steve 7th September 2015

I like all of the Black Keys albums up to and including 2010’s “Brothers”. After that, at some point during 2011’s “El Camino” album their sound became less organic, over produced and a bit too style-over-substance for my tastes. “Attack & Release” was “Brothers” more low-key predecessor.

The album opens with “All You Ever Wanted” which is a short ballad which makes good, subtle use of a Hammond B-3. “I Got Mine” and “Strange Times” rock in that anachronistic way that The Black Keys do well. “Lies” is a slow, B.B. King style groove which, like a few tracks on here is updated (but only to 1970 or so) to incorporate Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” era licks.

The best track is the last one “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be” a smouldering and soulful ballad. I believe that this is the most underrated album in The Black Keys cannon, but it’s definitely worth a spin.



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