| Nonesuch, V2 Records|
The Black Keys
1 April 2008
| April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)|
August 9–23, 2007 at Suma Recording Studio, Painesville, Ohio
41:23 (with bonus track)
Blues rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock, Punk blues
Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
The Black Keys albums, Garage rock albums
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, but it was also the first time they hired an outside producer to work on a record.
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."
Attack & Release debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200. 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. In 2012, the album was certified gold in Canada.
All tracks written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, except "Things Ain't Like They Used to Be" by Dan Auerbach.Notes
"Things Ain't Like They Used to Be" features a duet between Dan Auerbach and then 17-year-old bluegrass/country singer Jessica Lea Mayfield.
The Black KeysDan Auerbach – vocals, guitars, etc.
Patrick Carney – drums, percussion, etc.
Additional MusiciansDanger 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"
1All You Ever Wanted2:56Attack & Release Wikipedia
2I Got Mine3:59