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Dropout Boogie

The Black Keys

Dropout Boogie

Eleventh studio album from the Akron Ohio garage rock duo Dan Auerback and Patrick Carney features a guest appearance from ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons

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  1. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Fame, fortune and influence haven’t dulled their initial impulses, something made clear on the hypnotic unvarnished vibe created throughout the superb Dropout Boogie
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The Black Keys blaze through their history me) and influences on their11th album. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    There’s a sonic variety within the album where each song has its own special quality and it makes for an enjoyable listening experience
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    As the record swiftly spins through these production and melodic hooks, it gives the impression of a jukebox filled with a bunch of excavated gems, and that's not a bad comfort zone for the Black Keys at all
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  5. 7.0 |   DIY

    This might actually be the most varied record they’ve made in a decade
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  6. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Primarily fashioned in Southern rock and soul jams, the Black Keys’ Dropout Boogie will make you do what the name suggests: boogie
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  7. 7.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    The album is just as safe as it is strong, with not many standout moments. It’s more of a feeling than a fan-favourite, more of a jukebox-in-the-diner hit than an arena-filler—but maybe that’s just part of its stripped-back, basement-blues charm
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  8. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is among the guests on the long-running arena-garage band’s latest
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  9. 6.0 |   NME

    The Ohio blues-rockers pack a familiar swagger on their 11th studio album, which nods to the greats of rock'n'roll, but they still know how to throw a party
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  10. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    Even with the help of outside songwriters and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, the blues-rock duo can’t help reverting to the same old same old
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  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The melodies and fire return in Baby I’m Coming Home, but held up against their past triumphs, Dropout Boogie often sounds half-cooked. Print edition only

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