Black Keys is definitely flying below the radar of mainstream pop music. In fact, they’re more like a nuclear submarine cruising below the Arctic Circle. With a sound steeped in blues tradition, the two-some of Dan Aurbach and Patrick Carney have developed a sound that is wholly modern and yet completely ancient. With crunching, drivey guitars and grinding, rusty vocals, the Black Keys latest offering ”Thickfreakness” will turn your ear upside down wondering why you’re enjoying tunes from a band such as this. Well, it’s frickin’ good, that’s why! And for all you slow wits out there, let’s make a {{{comparison}}}: Black Keys are doing for blues-rock what Social D did with rockabilly punk. Pick this disc up and expand your rock horizons. –Mike Howrigan