The Black Keys - Rubber Factory

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record Reissue + Digital Download

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Rubber Factory is the third studio album by American garage/blues rock duo The Black Keys, released in September 2004 via Fat Possum Records.

The Black Keys formed in 2001 consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences.

Rubber Factory finds the duo expanding, stretching, and improving, coming into its own as a distinctive, original, thoroughly great rock & roll band. Their previous album “Thickfreakness” showed the promise of a sharpening sound and strengthening songwriting. Rubber Factory carries that further and surprises in a number of delightful ways, redefining the duo without losing the essence of the band.

For instance, the production has more shades - witness the creepy late-night vibe of the opening "When The Lights Go Out" or how the spare, heartbroken, and slide guitar-laden "The Lengths" sounds like it's been rusted over - but it's also harder, nastier, and uglier, piled with truly brutal, gut-level guitar. Yet through these sheets of noise, vulnerability pokes through, not just on "The Lengths", but in a lazy, loping, terrific version of The Kinks' "Act Nice And Gentle".

Rubber Factory illustrates that even if The Black Keys have more legit blues credentials than any of their peers, they're nevertheless an indie rock band raised with not just a knowledge of classic rock, but with excellent taste and, most importantly, an instinct for what makes great rock & roll. They know that sound matters, not just how a band plays but how a band is recorded, and that blues sounds better when it's unvarnished, which is why each of their records feels more like a real blues album than anything cut since the '60s.

But they're not revivalists, either. They've absorbed the language of classic rock and the sensibility of indie rock - they're turning familiar sounds into something nervy and fresh, music that builds on the past yet lives fearlessly in the moment. On a sheer gut level, they're intoxicating and that alone would be enough to make Rubber Factory a strong listen.

Auerbach has developed into such a fine songwriter. His songs have enough melodic and lyrical twists to make it seem like he's breaking rules, but his trick is that he's doing this within traditional blues-rock structures. He's not just reinvigorating a familiar form, he's doing it without a lick of pretension; it never seems as if the songs were written, but that they've always existed and have just been discovered, which is true of any great blues song. Carney gives these songs the production they deserve - some tunes are dense and heavy with guitars, others are spacious and haunting - and the result is an exciting best rock & roll album.

Check out the tracks: “10 A.M. Automatic”; “Till I Get My Way” and “Girl Is On My Mind”.

This LP record is reissued on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, includes a download of the album and is pressed in the USA.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

When The Lights Go Out

3:23

A2

10 A.M. Automatic

2:59

A3

Just Couldn’t Tie Me Down

2:57

A4

All Hands Against his Own

3:16

A5

The Desperate Man

3:54

A6

Girl Is On My Mind

3:28

B1

The Lengths

4:54

B2

Grown So Ugly

2:27

B3

Stack Shot Billy

3:21

B4

Act Nice And Gentle

2:41

B5

Aeroplane Blues

2:50

B6

Keep Me

2:52

B7

Till I Get My Way

2:31

SKU 045778037919
Record Label Fat Possum Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 80379-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 31 January 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 07 September 2004
Barcode # 045778037919
Shipping Weight 0.2500kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Code, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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