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View Poll Results: Discuss Attack and Release by The Black Keys
Excellent 5 41.67%
Good 6 50.00%
Average 1 8.33%
Poor 0 0%
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Black Keys: Attack And Release


The Black Keys-Attack and Release
All You Ever Wanted
I Got Mine
Strange Times
Psychotic Girl
Lies
Remember When (Side A)
Remember When (Side B)
Same Old Thing
So He Won't Break
Oceans & Streams
Things Ain't Like They Used to Be
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What, no picture? You're slacking!

Anyhoo, it was produced by Danger Mouse and it's the best album they've ever made...
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There's a picture. I guess you just can't see it I'll change the source.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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C'mon Musicbanter, no love for the blues?!
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Give me a few days , this band are always worth a listen.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I am very late on this but wow, Attack & Release is amazing. All You Ever Wanted is such a beautiful song.
Letting Danger Mouse properly produce this album was a great idea, It's my favorite Black Keys album by far.


...Please tell me more than 4 people have heard this album?
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My review of the album (from RYM):

On Attack & Release, The Black Keys ditch their trademark gritty, stripped-down blues-rock sound in favor of cleanly produced soul-influenced rock. It’s about time the Keys did something different with their sound, Magic Potion was a boring self-parody of an album which had me wondering if the band was at a dead end creatively. Thank goodness they sought out the creative genius of DJ Danger Mouse, as he helped both mature and transform the sound of the band on this album.

The instrumentation is radically different on Attack & Release than anything the Keys have put out, and Danger Mouse is to thank for that. The synths, banjo, keys, flutes, etc. all aid the albums effectiveness. Plus the layer of backing vocals (on songs like “Strange Times”) Danger Mouse throws in are brilliant additions that give the songs an extra element of transcendency that The Black Keys did not have before. The best example of Danger Mouse’s work on this album has to be “Psychotic Girl.” It opens with an irresistible banjo lead groove. Then later on in the song the haunting backing vocals chime in along with eerie sounds of a keyboard. The song flows along perfectly, and it wouldn’t be nearly as good if it was their traditional guitar and drums form of instrumentation (which goes for a lot of other songs on the album).

All of that being said, the production does not save Attack & Release from being an average album. I have noticed that throughout The Black Keys career, they tend to have 3-4 excellent songs per album and the rest tend to be throwaways. Attack & Release seems to follow that pattern, despite only having 11 songs. “I Got Mine,” “Strange Times,” “Psychotic Girl,” and “So He Won’t Break” are great tunes, but the rest of the album doesn’t do much for me. “All You Ever Wanted” is an incredible boring song, and a terrible choice to open the album. “Same Old Thing” is essentially the same song as “Just Got To Be” off of Magic Potion. Both “Remember When’s” mess up the flow of the album, and the last two tracks are slow, forgettable blues songs. Attack & Release tends to be consistently inconsistent just like the majority of all Black Keys records, which is why I am giving it an Acceptable Rating.

Overall Rating- 3 Stars: Fair
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Going to listen to the album now. Loved their other stuff, got high hopes for this...
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:54 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Voted this one good, nothing too outstanding, but a solid effort from the group
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have decided this one falls behind Rubber Factory by just a bit for me.

One of my favorite things about this band is seeing peoples reactions when they find out they are a two piece. Contorted faces, people racking their brains to hear the melody for some hint of rhythm guitar or bass. I like their execution better then the White Stripes, but I'm not sure the songwriting is as consistently good and creative.
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