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The Raconteurs are a collaboration between The White Stripes' Jack White and pop songwriter Brendan Benson, with The Greenhornes' rhythm section keeping things together on the back end. Though it's fair to call them a side project (the album was recorded at Benson's studio whenever time came free) or even a supergroup, the resulting album is anything but an easily dismissed toss-off, though much of its charm rests in its unfussy naturalness. Credit Jack White's voluminous knowledge and affection for rock history and Benson's penchant for the touchstones of pop craft, but Broken Boy Soldiers is an exciting modern update of four decades’ worth of rock music. Most importantly, the songwriting for this project is predominately first-rate. Whether it's the sublime psychedelia of "Intimate Secretary," the title track’s punk rock–meets–Led Zeppelin screech, or the early-'70s electric piano/AM radio ballad "Together," The Raconteurs deliver each style with as much love, conviction, and sense of identity as any "real" band.

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Eclectic and Very Good

While their follow-up, Consolers of the Lonely, might be a better choice if you're just getting into The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers is a very good album. "Steady As She Goes" is probably the strongest track, but that's not to demerit the other ones, either. Each one has something to bring to the table. Overall, a very good, solid album, especially considering its length (also, this album is not "pop", so I'm not really sure what the iTunes reviewer is trying to say when they say the word "pop" nine times in their review). Even if you're not a fan of The White Stripes, this could really be for you. If you already are a Stripes fan, then boy you are probably going to enjoy this, even if it is with a bass and without Meg White.

Solid Tunes

A must have for all White Stripes & Greenhornes fans but their new album "Consolers of the Lonely" will change you life! See them live! What a show!

Blue Veins=Love

Have had the song ''Blue Veins'' on repeat for like 5 months now. Love love love love love love that tune.


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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