Attack & Release

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Attack & Release
Studio album by The Black Keys
Released April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)
Recorded August 9–23, 2007 at Suma Recording Studio, Painesville, Ohio
Genre Garage rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length 37:21
41:23 (with bonus track)
Label Nonesuch, V2 Records
Producer Danger 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
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Sun-Times 3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
NME mixed[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars
Spin 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Times 4/5 stars[9]

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,[10] but it was also the first time they hired an outside producer to work on a record.[11]

Leading up to the recording sessions, drummer Patrick Carney wanted to change up 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."[12]

Attack & Release debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200.[13] The album was ranked 83 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.[14] In 2012, the album was certified gold in Canada.[15]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "All You Ever Wanted" 2:55
2. "I Got Mine" 3:58
3. "Strange Times" 3:09
4. "Psychotic Girl" 4:10
5. "Lies" 3:58
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" 4:54


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. ^ "Critic Reviews for Attack & Release". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Attack & Release – The Black Keys". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Jeff (2006-11-12). "Spins". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  4. ^ "Attack & Release Review". Entertainment Weekly. March 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Jude (March 28, 2008). "CD: The Black Keys, Attack and Release". London: The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "The Black keys". NME. 
  7. ^ "The Black Keys: Attack & Release | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  8. ^ "The Black Keys, 'Attack & Release' (Nonesuch)". Spin. 
  9. ^ Asthana, Anushka. "Black Keys: Attack and Release review". The Times. London. 
  10. ^ Thornton, Stuart (2008-04-17). "Attack & Release". Monterey County Weekly. 
  11. ^ Williams, Rob (2008-04-19). "The Black Keys / Attack & Release (Nonesuch/Warner)". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  12. ^ Gopal, Sriram (October 2008). "The Black Keys' Patrick CARNEY: Attacking The Drums". Modern Drummer. 
  13. ^ Graff, Gary (2012-03-11). "The Black Keys hitting all the right notes". Reading Eagle. Reading Eagle Company. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  14. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25
  15. ^ "Gold Platinum Database – Search Results for Artist: The Black Keys". Music Canada. Archived from the original on 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  16. ^ "Pitchfork Media: Attack & Release Review" (album review). Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13.