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Consolers of the Lonely

The Raconteurs

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The Raconteurs’ second album reflects the group’s paradoxical interests in rough-cut rockers and their thoughtful appraisal of rock music’s storied history. This is, after all, a collaboration between the harsh modern blues of White Stripes’ Jack White and power-pop songwriter Brendan Benson. There’s studio chatter and feedback, tough shards of power chord guitars, and lots of sass balanced out with well-produced stereophonic guitars, tinkering keyboards, and layers of carefully leveled harmony vocals. The title track is deliberately half-baked, an unfinished riff reveling in its rawness, but “You Don’t Understand Me” is a heartfelt piano shuffle. “The Switch and the Spur” reflects a soft psychedelic twist with horns, quickly followed up with the early-‘70s guitar wah-wah and schoolyard chant of “Hold Up.” Slide-blues highlights “Top Yourself,” another ‘70s-influenced tune that along with the refried boogie of “Attention” and organ-driven Southern rock of “Rich Kid Blues” wouldn’t be out of place on a Black Crowes album, while “Five On the Five” goes for the trademark White Stripes garage-rock crunch.

Customer Reviews

Rockenteurs

If you liked their first album you won't be disappointed at all. In fact, even if you didn't like the first album you should check this one out. I've listened to it two times thru now and even the songs that didn't wow me first time out are growing on me. Jack's guitar is as rocking at times as it was on last year's Icky Thump and the band has a real swagger. The chemistry between these guys is undeniable. It sounds like Humble Pie on steroids (that's a good thing). Buy this album. It kicks.

Guitar driven goodness.

This album is fantastic. If you love White Stripes, you should already have this. This album has many differences from Broken Boy Soldier, and in my opinion, is a more solid and enjoyable collection of songs. After a few listens the tracks that stand out for me are; Consoler of the Lonely, Old Enough (great fiddle), Rich Kid Blues and Carolina Drama. The last song is epic. Great stuff! sample a few, then get them all, its an awesome rock album.

Great Album Track 1 To 14

The Racanteurs have created another amazing album. This album is a great Rock and Roll experience. The vocals are tight! The melodies are classic and the instrumentation is wonderful! I'm sure many of these tracks will make it into your top 25 given time.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A self-described "new band made up of old friends," the Raconteurs feature the White Stripes' Jack White and power pop maestro Brendan Benson on vocals, keyboards, and guitars, and the Greenhornes' drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence as the group's rhythm section. The idea for the band began when Benson and White collaborated on the song "Steady, as She Goes," which later became the Raconteurs' debut single. When the duo drafted Keeler and Lawrence, they became a full-fledged band. Recording...
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