THE BLACK KEYS
the Keys' 3rd album finds the duo expanding, stretching & improving, coming into their own as a distinctive, original, thoroughly great rock & roll band & is neatly analogous to the white Stripes' 3rd album breakthrough, ‘White Blood Cells’.
‘Rubber Factory’ surprises in a number of delightful ways, redefining the duo without losing the essence of the band. For instance, the production has more shades than either 'The Big Come Up' or 'Thickfreakness' but it's also harder, nastier & uglier than those albums, 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 & Gentle'. a true classic from an outstanding catalogue!