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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.

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Amazing - Like a Drug That Induces Stupor

Just completing this album in the first week of March, the band surprisingly unleashes it without any foreknowledge so that nobody "the fans, the press, radio, etc., has an upperhand on anyone else regarding it's availability, reception, or perception," said Jack White in Rolling Stone Magazine. "Consolers of the Lonely" kicks off the album with the title song 'Consoler of the Lonely.' This songs tambourine shakes and shuddering bass adding to a carefree and high-spirited kick off comes off well as the first song on the new album. "Salute Your Solution," the first single for the album, is a fast-paced stomper starting with a strong Jack White guitar riff before a muffled bass riff kicks in halfway through, adding a psychedelic twinge. The album then breaks into a mixture of 4 stars and five star songs. Those I consider to be 5 star songs in the first half of the album, including the two just mentioned, are 'Old Enough', 'The Switch and the Spur', 'You Don't Understand Me', and Top Yourself'. For the second half of the album the songs I gave 5 stars to included: 'Rich Kid Blues', 'These Stones Will Shout', and 'Carolina Drama', which is a slower, bluesier song, as White tells the story of a troubled boy with "blue tatoos" named Billy, is one of my favorites. Overall, this is an astonishing follow-up for White and his second band. The songs show this band as having or showing their ability or achievement in the rock music genre, although the band is clearly influenced by a number of different genres that come out in their music. The Raconteurs album definitely shows the effective and forceful, but not forced, music the band is capable of producing. Each song stands strongly by itself, but, the combination is a contour of a body constructed so as to offer minimum resistance to a fluid flow. It all comes together perfectly. This is an album that will stay in my music rotation for a long time to come. I look forward to having the album grow on me as I listen to it even more. Job very well done.

Really, Really Good

I've never heard an album before that touches upon so many different genrres. Punk, Folk, Classic Rock, Blues and Country. Each track is completely different. I found that Brenadan sings most of the album in Jack's range. My favorite tracks are Salute Your Solution (great chorus), You Don't Understand Me (the piano is awesome), Many Shades of Black (well written), and Carolina Drama. Carolina Drama is the best song that Jack White has ever written. It is that good. Well I hope everyone else can make their own judgements based on this album. I think this is the album of the year, so far, though.

Uncontrollably bleeding electricity

For this album, The Raconteurs have broken off the knobs on every instrument, amplifier and microphone and rewired them until they uncontrollably bled electricity - in the form of filthy rock and roll. Reminiscent of the Jack White of days past, these songs remind us of the raw skills that made The White Stripes a band to remember. Not afraid to take over front and center, Jack wakes up our memories of 'Fell In Love With A Girl' with the track 'Salute Your Solution'. 'Hold Up' unleashes a punk rock drumbeat and three-chord riff driven by a hypnotizing lead guitar. The raw track 'Top Yourself' features classic White slide guitar slowly drawn through a swampy southern vibe. Many of these songs recreate the warmth of a live recording and will make you forget where you are. On this record, you will no doubt hear new takes on so many old sounds that will leave you wanting more.


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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