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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 backend. 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 amazingly, the songwriting for this project is predominately first-rate. Whether it’s the sublime psychedelia of “Intimate Secretary,” the punk rock meets Led Zeppelin screech of the title track, 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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Softly Blown Away

I wasn't sure what to expect from this album. The single ‘Steady, as she goes’ was great but I was hard to tell what direction the whole album would go in. I think it is same to say that the album is a great piece of work especially because it doesn’t get stale which is another way to say that it goes in lots of directions. I had not heard of Brendan Benson before his partnership in ‘The Raconteurs’ but I will defiantly look into him some more especially because I am finding his vocal tracks more seductive than Jack White’s at the moment. Overall, a diverse album which will keep the White Stripes fans happy with some great songs.

Does it get any better than this?

I think not. From Steady As She Goes (which made an excellent single), to Intimate Secretary, Store Bought Bones, Hands, Level, in fact every single track, is fantastic. Benson and White's vocals work wonderfully together. Some of its very White Stripes-y but yet again they take it to another level. An absolute must listen for any fan of this genre, let alone a White Stripes fan.

Best of 2006 so far!

I love that this band totally surprised me - they sound like they're having so much fun. 'Hands' is a perfect song. I know this is going to soundtrack the rest of my year - it's the best thing I've heard so far in 2006. They make retro garage-y-ness sound fresh and quite, well, em, like popular music, without losing any of its guts. Please could all the whinging cynics who muttered that this would just be a side project for Mr. White form an orderly queue behind the sign syaing "I'M WRONG". This album is fantastic.


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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