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September 08, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

This fourth studio album from the blues-infused Akron, Ohio, duo was recorded in drummer Patrick Carney’s basement and inspires the thought that maybe a higher proportion of groups should consider the cheap, subterranean option. Looser, but no less excellent, than their last collection (2004’s Rubber Factory), Magic Potion finds singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach’s vocals and riffs shadowing each other to exquisitely rough-hewn effect on tracks such as ”Strange Desire” and ”Just Got to Be.” Like the similarly personneled White Stripes, there are times when you wonder how the pair so effectively fill out tracks with such limited instrumentation, although ”You’re the One” makes as much use of space as it does noise. Closer to the more robust nature of their earlier work is ”Your Touch,” a song influenced less by the blues than by Black Sabbath.

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