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New Reviews: The Black Keys Make Their Grand Pop Gesture

Also: Stream new music from Amy Winehouse, Young Jeezy, the Roots and more

December 6, 2011 12:45 PM ET
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The Black Keys, 'El Camino'

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Will Hermes raves about the Black Keys' El Camino, which he says is a successful "attempt at staying true to the spirit of that piece-of-shit minivan on the album cover – similar to their first touring vehicle – while reimagining it as a pimpmobile." Also, Jody Rosen praises the Roots' ambitious new concept album undun and laments the potential of the unfinished tracks on Amy Winehouse's first posthumous release, Lioness: Hidden Gems.

ALBUMS

The Black Keys - El Camino (stream one song)

Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasure (stream one song)

The Roots - undun (stream one song)

Robin Thicke - Love After War (stream one song)

SONGS

Cloud Nothings "No Future/No Past" (stream)

Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z and Andre 3000 "I Do" (stream)

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