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The Black Keys - "let's Rock" (2019) Published: June 28/19 Released: June 28/19 albumAlternative12 Tracks • 38 Minutes
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76%
    SELECTED LINE: The guitar-heavy duo cuts a back-to-basics record of masterful style. -The Wall Street Journal
    'Let's Rock' is the ninth studio album by The Black Keys, released by Nonesuch Records on June 28, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Shine A Little Light3:16
    2. Eagle Birds2:40
    3. Lo/Hi2:57
    4. Walk Across The Water3:55
    5. Tell Me Lies3:39
    6. Every Little Thing3:19
    7. Get Yourself Together3:56
    8. Sit Around And Miss You2:40
    9. Go2:26
    10. Breaking Down3:25
    11. Under The Gun3:16
    12. Fire Walk With Me2:58
℗ 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.
Critic Reviews (63)

They keep things on 'Let's rock' too light to be able to speak of a real resurrection of sharp blues rock.

60% 4 months ago

Indiestyle Indiestyle

They’ve kicked out the jams and turned it up.

4 months ago

Hot Press Hot Press

Unfortunately this musical splendor can't be sustained through all 12 tracks as the tempos slow and the rocky edges are smoothed over.

50% 4 months ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

Let’s Rock is 38 minutes of terrific fun that neither newcomers nor longtime fans of the veteran duo should deny themselves.

82% 4 months ago

Atwood Magazine Atwood Magazine

This is a strong rock album: lyrically moody and musically loud.

70% 4 months ago

PopMatters PopMatters

As good as the record is, it’s nothing new for The Black Keys.

4 months ago

mxdwn mxdwn

Their reunion album stays true to their patented sound.

80% 4 months ago

Blues Rock Review Blues Rock Review

It’s another good album but, ultimately, not a great one.

70% 4 months ago

Stereoboard (UK) Stereoboard (UK)

The duo's closeness shows in their competent performances, and "Let's Rock" is faithful in intent and execution.

70% 4 months ago

No Ripcord No Ripcord

A no-frills return to the basics—simply put, it just rocks.

4 months ago

Soundigest Soundigest

They will, they will, rock you.

70% 4 months ago

nzherald nzherald

This works despite its flaws.

70% 4 months ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

The flag doesn't cover the load.

4 months ago

Luminous Dash Luminous Dash

Let’s Rock is a surprising album in its entirety.

70% 4 months ago

X-Press Magazine (AU) X-Press Magazine (AU)

The Black Keys have returned to form nicely, which is most fortunate because we’ve been waiting.

4 months ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

The Black Keys' newest album is a return to their roots, but it feels designed for our modern times.

4 months ago

POPDUST POPDUST

The Raconteurs' Help Us Stranger and The Black Keys' Let's Rock bring guitars back to the forefront.

4 months ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

Let’s Rock is an album which could have promised an interesting and innovative new direction for The Black Keys, but instead lies as a flawlessly executed return to monotony.

60% 4 months ago

XS NOIZE XS NOIZE

You might catch yourself having a muted sort of fun.

4 months ago

The Ringer The Ringer

This is an album by the Black Keys called “Let’s Rock.” It does.

70% 4 months ago


Not only The Black Keys’ worst album by a fairly considerable margin, but perhaps the most pointless retro-rock album ever put to record.

30% 4 months ago

The Soundboard The Soundboard

This is a solid, if average, album.

70% 4 months ago

Ultimate Guitar Ultimate Guitar

From Start to finish, “Let's Rock” delivers 12 consistent and cohesive tracks, which ultimately feel like an ode to various rock sub-genres.

4 months ago


I miss what they were.

4 months ago

Off The Tracks Off The Tracks

It all adds up to an album that’s solid rather than spectacular.

60% 4 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

"Let's Rock" incinerates every heretic who doubted rock's health with fire and electricity.

80% 4 months ago

Rolling Stone Italia Rolling Stone Italia

If anything “Let’s Rock” is all a little too well-honed and museum-ready, lacking the abrasive edges and emotional rawness that might have made it jump out of the stereo.

60% 4 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Whilst Let’s Rock isn’t their finest moment, it’s still a great listen.

70% 4 months ago

godisinthetv godisinthetv

Every song started from a live take and this rawness is what makes the album a hit.

90% 4 months ago

Far Out Magazine (UK) Far Out Magazine (UK)

A determined energy at any time.

80% 4 months ago

Rolling Stone (DE) Rolling Stone (DE)

They might not be what they once where but if you want it, The Black Keys have got it.

80% 4 months ago

GIGWISE (UK) GIGWISE (UK)

On all counts, “Let’s Rock” succeeds in its mission.

76% 4 months ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

It’s a solidly enjoyable summertime album.

4 months ago

Toronto Sun Toronto Sun

It's refreshing to hear the Black Keys step out of the dark and into the sunshine.

80% 4 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

It is the first Black Keys album that only feels like product.

4 months ago

UPROXX UPROXX

It’s a love album to the guitar and the groove.

4 months ago

nodepression nodepression

There’s few new ideas, but plenty of fresh energy.

60% 4 months ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

The record pays homage to the duo’s roots, and gives a punchy dose of the genre the Black Keys have mastered.

70% 4 months ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

It may be a record aimed more at returning fans glad to have the duo back, rather than bringing new admirers on board, but fans of El Camino will lap it up.

70% 4 months ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

Rock’n’roll isn’t dead: it’s just been sleeping.

80% 4 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

They're on fine form with the hammered glam-boogie of "Eagle Birds" and the absurdly good-time "Lo/Hi," but underwhelm with the mid-tempo "Walk Across The Water and QOTSA-ish "Shine A Little Light." [Aug 2019, p.26]

70% 4 months ago

Uncut Uncut

There's no doubt these are expertly constructed songs, but it feels as if the emotional wiring h as been botched. ... Let's Rock lacks the connection to be truly electrifying. [Aug 2019, p.89]

60% 4 months ago

Mojo Mojo

Let’s Rock has the feel of a greatest hits album.

4 months ago

Glide Magazine Glide Magazine

A great summer album if you don’t want originality.

80% 4 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

The music is persuasive: hard, shining rock, with an irresistible pop edge.

80% 4 months ago


The Black Keys are rock royalty and to the relief of many, they aren’t quite ready to relinquish their reign.

4 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

“Let’s Rock” is in the emotional tradition of most Sixties garage-rock.

80% 4 months ago


The Black Keys cover their blues rock with a lot of glitter.

75% 4 months ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

'Let's Rock' is a wonderful feelgood album.

80% 4 months ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

Let’s Rock” flaunts basics from yesteryear: guitars, drums, vocals.

4 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

“Let’s Rock” is a fine throwback affair even when it deviates from straightforward rock.

80% 4 months ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

After a five year gap, fans may be glad to have them back – but to everyone else, this is just another Black Keys album.

60% 4 months ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

More roll than rock, there’s a party-atmosphere across this, as if it’s a final swansong for a once iconic act.

50% 4 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

A record whose spontaneous energy can't mask its undercooked sound and lack of impact.

60% 4 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

They’re rockers with a thing for sturdy songs and primal riffs, and that’s exactly what Let’s Rock delivers.

72% 4 months ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

After five years apart, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney reunite for a loving tribute to guitar-fueled album rock.

88% 4 months ago

Newsday Newsday

The formula hasn’t changed much, but The Black Keys are still blazing a trail with their signature blues-rock that isn’t likely to be extinguished anytime soon.

4 months ago

STACK STACK

Another bluesy garage-rock throwback album is really the last thing that deserves your attention.

60% 4 months ago

theMusic.com.au theMusic.com.au

The Black Keys awaken the mood of traditional rock'n'roll.

75% 4 months ago

VISIONS VISIONS

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.

75% 4 months ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

"Let's Rock" finds the Black Keys being themselves.

4 months ago

The Current The Current

A slick sound uncomfortably close to the bombastic background music used in Eighties TV series Miami Vice.

40% 4 months ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

The guitar-heavy duo cuts a back-to-basics record of masterful style.

4 months ago

The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

savoie456 months ago
Back to the El Camino Based off the first two tracks released, sounds like The Black Keys are returning to the sound they had on El Camino. While it's not the garage rock blues they started as, it's better than Turn Blue and catchy as hell!

There back! It’s about time! Five years of waiting is finally over! Can not wait because their stuff is absolutely great!

englishtim35846 months ago
The Pride of Akron Ohio is back! The first two tracks sounds like this album will be a great one like El Camino. Turn Blue had more of a blues rock feel to it, and unlke many Black Keys fans I liked it.

Kunye vest6 months ago
Better than the White stripes This bluesy garage rock transcends the entire genre of what it represents! The best voices, talents, energy pushes the boundaries of what the culture of today represents! In the modern age of social media human disconnect and millennial entitlement there is a tiny dot of hope left at the end of the tunnel called The Black Keys! This music brings you to another age when talent was real, when people connected, when reality was actually real! The originality of this band is its soul, it’s actions speak louder than words. We will begin to see a major shift on earth and people will begin to BELIEVE again!!!

ClassicRocker20006 months ago
This album gonna be lit 🔥 After hearing the new singles I can tell this is gonna be one hell of an album. Between the Keys, Greta van fleet and rival sons I think rock music is making a comeback!
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