The Black Keys – ‘Thickfreakness’ (2003)

Black Keys’ second album was the mainstream breakthrough for the band. Released only a week after The White Stripes’ critically acclaimed album “Elephant”, the brand of raw, heavy blues-rock created from a duo had risen to peak popularity.

Thickfreakness is a vicious romp, filled with aggressive, multi-layered distorted guitar and Dan Auerbach’s growl of a voice. In my opinion, some tracks are a little too ‘samey’ and begin to morph into each other near the middle of the record. The standout for me is title track “Thickfreakness” which begins with a slick guitar riff and moves into a catchy rhythm in the verse which persists throughout the track.

Favourite track: Thickfreakness // Least favourite track: No Trust


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