The Black Keys
Let's Rock


3.8
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
June 29th, 2019 | 89 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Play it loud

As an admittedly newer Black Keys fan, part of me became giddy at the sound of ‘Eagle Birds’ when it dropped as a single a few months ago. I was part of that wave of fresh faces who flocked to the arena rock of El Camino in 2011, blissfully ignorant of their discography that extended nearly a decade prior. As such, my love for the band formed around their 60’s-70’s influenced style of rock, not their more elaborate, bluesy jams. Perhaps that’s why Turn Blue felt like such a colossal disappointment, and why a five year absence felt to me like a necessary healing process to get the band back on track and onward to what they do best – rocking out. The Black Keys must have been in at least partial agreement, and that’s why they gave us this year’s aptly titled ninth LP.

When you think back to the kind of no-frills rock n’ roll that was famous a handful of decades ago, that’s the brand that dominates “Let’s Rock”. It’s already one of the most enjoyable records of the year on its face; it sways and glides effortlessly through cunning hooks, rhythmic drums, handclaps, ooh’s, and the kind of distorted electric guitars that would make Norman Greenbaum (“Spirit in the Sky”) proud. There’s nothing overly clever about “Let’s Rock”, it’s just The Black Keys being their best mainstream selves – and the rewards are self-evident. As a whole, the album is noticeably more consistent than its spiritual sibling, El Camino, although it lacks astronomical hits such as “Lonely Boy”, “Gold on the Ceiling”, or “Little Black Submarines.” Still, the goal of these records is nearly identical: to immerse listeners in the sounds of yesteryear – with a slightly modern flair – and simply have a good time. On all counts, “Let’s Rock” succeeds in its mission. Hit the road, roll down the windows, and play it loud.




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SowingSeason
Moderator
June 28th 2019


31448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Why say more when you can say less



Album is pure rock n' roll goodness

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2019


18785 Comments


Big if true

samwise2000
June 28th 2019


403 Comments


Definitely gotta check this out, I've liked everything I've heard from these guys so far (which isn't much admittedly)

SowingSeason
Moderator
June 28th 2019


31448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

"Big if true"

to less being more or to rock n' roll goodness in the context of the black keys??? :-)

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2019


7360 Comments


Definitely the latter

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SowingSeason
Moderator
June 28th 2019


31448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

There's not a whole lot to this, but I was tapping my foot the whole damn time. Something to be said for music that's just flat out fun.

theNateman
June 29th 2019


3723 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This jams. Anyone else getting serious ZZtop vibes off this?

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judgedeath2
June 29th 2019


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

> Anyone else getting serious ZZtop vibes off this?



Yep, sure am.

Faraudo
June 29th 2019


2996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a good album, I've been enjoying it quite a lot. Kinda needed something like this

deathschool
June 29th 2019


24568 Comments


I don’t think a Black Keys album that somehow got made in 2019 could have any other title. I gotta give them a little bit of credit for still going while being a one trick pony that sounded dated over a decade ago.

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Larkinhill
June 29th 2019


3011 Comments


In general, are these guys any good? They just seem like a generic garage rock type of band. Doesn’t sound very interesting.

deathschool
June 29th 2019


24568 Comments


Generic garage rock is too generous a label imo

StickFeit
June 29th 2019


1022 Comments


It’s such a simpel but fun and effective listen

Faraudo
June 29th 2019


2996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not a revolutionary band by any means lmao, but they make solid rock tunes.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2019


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's better than I expected, so I'm happy with it.

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SowingSeason
Moderator
June 29th 2019


31448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

"It’s such a simple but fun and effective listen"

Precisely. I had no intentions of writing a review this short, but as I was thinking of where to take it after two paragraphs, I realized I'd already said everything that I wanted to say. Usually brevity is a sign of disdain for me (I have a tendency to go on about albums I enjoy) but here it is such a simple, fun concept.



Eames
June 29th 2019


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why Turn Blue is so unpopular? I love it.

claygurnz
June 29th 2019


5380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are always solid - will check this

SowingSeason
Moderator
June 29th 2019


31448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Turn Blue was just super boring. This is my favorite thing they've done next to El Camino.

Ryus
June 29th 2019


17753 Comments


unbelievably bad band



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