The Black Keys Score Decent Marks On Metacritic With New Album

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The Black Keys released their ninth studio album, "Let's Rock," on Friday (June 28th) to a score of 74 on Metacritic, based on 11 critics' reviews. The duo's first LP in five years also snagged a 7.5 user rating on the same site, taken from 26 user reviews.

Among the major reviews, the Independent called it "a viscerally entertaining album . . . rock’n’roll isn’t dead: it’s just been sleeping." Meanwhile, The Line Of Best Fit declared, "It’s clear on 'Let’s Rock' that the boys’ batteries are fully charged and ready to giddy up and hit the ground running once again."

Rolling Stone compared the disc to another recent major rock release, Help Us Stranger by the Raconteurs, calling them "great records from very different bands coming from the same ideals: rock is a living thing, and guitars can be your best friends in the war on jive."

But Mojo mused, "There's no doubt these are expertly constructed songs, but it feels as if the emotional wiring has been botched," adding that the LP "lacks the connection to be truly electrifying."

The Black Keys will embark on a North American tour this fall in support of "Let’s Rock," starting September 21st at Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas.