Attack & Release

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Attack & Release
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)
RecordedAugust 9–23, 2007
StudioSuma Recording (Painesville, OH)
  • 37:21
  • 41:23 (with bonus track)
ProducerDanger Mouse
The Black Keys chronology
Magic Potion
Attack & Release
Singles from Attack & Release
  1. "Strange Times"
    Released: March 24, 2008
  2. "I Got Mine"
    Released: June 2, 2008
  3. "Oceans And Streams"
    Released: September 22, 2008
  4. "Same Old Thing"
    Released: November 24, 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin3.5/5 stars[9]
The Times4/5 stars[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

Attack & Release is the fifth studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. It was produced by Danger Mouse and was released on April 1, 2008. The sessions saw the band transitioning away from their "homemade" ethos to record-making; not only was it the first time that the band completed an album in a professional studio,[12] but it was also the first time they hired an outside producer to work on a record.[13]

Leading up to the recording sessions, drummer Patrick Carney wanted to change the sound of his drums and envisioned two approaches to doing so. He said, "I had one of the Bonham reissue kits and I set that up in a live room. And then I knew I wanted a kind of '70s dead sound too, so I did the whole 'towels on the drums' thing."[14]

Attack & Release debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200.[15] The album was ranked 83rd on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest albums of the 2000s. The song "I Got Mine" was number 23 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[16] In 2012, the album was certified gold in Canada,[17] and gold in the U.S. in 2016.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, except "Things Ain't Like They Used to Be" by Dan Auerbach.

1."All You Ever Wanted"2:55
2."I Got Mine"3:58
3."Strange Times"3:09
4."Psychotic Girl"4:10
6."Remember When (Side A)"3:21
7."Remember When (Side B)"2:10
8."Same Old Thing"3:08
9."So He Won't Break"4:13
10."Oceans and Streams"3:25
11."Things Ain't Like They Used to Be"4:34
12."Mr. Dibbs // Fight for Air Mash-Up (Hidden Bonus Track)"4:03


The Black Keys

  • Dan Auerbach – vocals, guitars, etc.
  • Patrick Carney – drums, percussion, etc.

Additional Musicians

  • Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) – Hohner bass 3, Korg and Moog synthesizers, piano, organ
  • Carla Monday – harmony vocals on "I Got Mine", "Psychotic Girl" and "Lies"
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield – harmony vocals on "Things Ain't Like They Used to Be"
  • Ralph Carney – jaw harp on "I Got Mine", contra bass clarinet on "Lies", clarinet on "Remember When", flute and concert bass harmonica on "Same Old Thing"
  • Marc Ribot – guitar solo on "Lies" and "So He Won't Break", rhythm guitar on "Remember When (Side A)", and slide guitar on "Oceans and Streams"


  1. ^ "Reviews for Attack & Release by The Black Keys". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Attack & Release – The Black Keys". AllMusic. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Hyden, Steven (March 31, 2008). "The Black Keys: Attack & Release". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Willman, Chris (March 28, 2008). "Attack & Release". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  5. ^ Rogers, Jude (March 28, 2008). "The Black Keys, Attack and Release". The Guardian. London. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Black Keys: Attack & Release". Mojo (174): 111. May 2008.
  7. ^ Strew, Roque (April 1, 2008). "The Black Keys: Attack & Release". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  8. ^ Hermes, Will (April 4, 2008). "Black Keys: Attack and Release". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 9, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Gross, Joe (April 2008). "The Black Keys: Attack & Release". Spin. 24 (4): 92. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Jelbert, Steve (March 29, 2008). "Black Keys: Attack and Release". The Times. London. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  11. ^ "The Black Keys: Attack & Release". Uncut (132): 88. May 2008.
  12. ^ Thornton, Stuart (2008-04-17). "Attack & Release". Monterey County Weekly.
  13. ^ Williams, Rob (April 19, 2008). "The Black Keys / Attack & Release (Nonesuch/Warner)". Winnipeg Free Press.
  14. ^ Gopal, Sriram (October 2008). "The Black Keys' Patrick CARNEY: Attacking The Drums". Modern Drummer.
  15. ^ Graff, Gary (2012-03-11). "The Black Keys hitting all the right notes". Reading Eagle. Reading Eagle Company. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  16. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved December 25, 2008
  17. ^ "Gold Platinum Database – Search Results for Artist: The Black Keys". Music Canada. Archived from the original on 2014-03-27. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  18. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  19. ^ "Pitchfork Media: Attack & Release Review" (album review). Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13.