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