But on Rubber Factory, Akron's finest opens up its sound like so many bottles of cheap beer. "The Lengths" is a spare, rustic ballad with aching lap steel; "Girl Is on My Mind" is a throbbing, Hendrix-worthy workup. The band even drifts into gentle honky-tonk on its deep-fried cover of the Kinks' "Act Nice and Gentle," which moves its feet to a country-western shuffle. Though the Keys' moniker remains monochromatic, their music no longer follows suit.
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