The Black Keys play the kind of raw, sensual blues-rock that makes you want to hide your girlfriend and warn your mom.
The Black Keys play the kind of raw, sensual blues-rock that makes you want to hide your girlfriend and warn your mom. In truth, they're two nerdy Ohioans whose latest, "Rubber Factory," will rattle your soul. Much like its predecessor, "Thick Freakness," "Factory" leans more toward Jimi Hendrix than Muddy Waters, each track dirty and deliciously saucy with a welcome addition of lap steel. Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach's voice resonates like a harmonica's lower register with Patrick Carney's drum work perfect in its uncooked imperfection. "10 A.M. Automatic" is a bend-over-the-mic, criminally righteous single powerful enough to make you cry Howlin' Wolf. On the standout "Girl Is on My Mind," Auerbach lets the kite strings go, his rumbling voice taking flight; whichever girl is on his mind, she's done very good things to him and to this Black Keys effort as a whole.—KH