Rubber Factory

Rubber Factory

by The Black KeysThe Black Keys


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Often lazily compared to the White Stripes -- by virtue of a two-piece lineup and a penchant for digging several layers into the muck to turn up deeply sunk roots -- this Akron-bred duo actually cough up an entirely different strain of thud, one marked more by brawling than introspection. Frontman Dan Auerbach isn't afraid to get down-and-dirty, unleashing his own take on a black-snake moan on the eerie "When the Lights Go Out" and capturing the backwoods vibe of the blues classic "Grown So Ugly" with eyebrow-raising faithfulness. The Keys don't, however, try to pass themselves off as Mississippi Delta throwbacks. While they're well versed in the lexicon of the blues -- as borne out by the lashing slide guitar that permeates "The Lengths" -- they're also capable of pulling a U-turn to home in on a sweet version of the Kinks' "Act Nice and Gentle." They don't take the advice proffered in that song's title all that often, though, which makes Rubber Factory every bit as hardscrabble as the band's bloodied-but-unbowed hometown -- every broken factory window and closing-time bust-up of which can be heard in the disc's grooves.

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Release Date: 09/07/2004
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0045778037926
catalogNumber: 80379
Rank: 4924


  1. When the Lights Go Out
  2. 10 A.M. Automatic
  3. Just Couldn't Tie Me Down
  4. All Hands Against His Own
  5. The Desperate Man
  6. Girl Is on My Mind
  7. The Lengths
  8. Grown So Ugly
  9. Stack Shot Billy
  10. Act Nice and Gentle
  11. Aeroplane Blues
  12. Keep Me
  13. Till I Get My Way

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