10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

251 Ratings

Jack white. Mastermind

idiotchief,

Ok. Something else for the stripe fans. Its all jack white and he rocks in this. Brendan provides great vocals and back up guitar and sound pretty good. Better then meg at least. Song by song Steady as she goes: great single love the opening. not the best video but you have to love the song. Hands: my favorite song on the album, its about a girl of course and just talks. " girl you got those hands that heal help me get in touch with what i feel." perfect. Broken boy soldier. It has a almost creppy sound. just get past the opening and it really starts to grow on you. the vocals are ok but the guitar is fantastic. Intimate secretary: Weirdest song on the album. they just rant with rhyming lines and pull it off. Its not trying to be special but fun to listen to. i got a rabbit it likes to hop. i got a girl she likes to shop. etc together A very slow song. Brendan takes the lead on this one. but it makes you just feel good. level: Got to like the opening. bing bong bing bong. very white stripes sounding. just pure jack white. Store bought bones: oh what to say. guitar wonderful. vocals very bland but fitting. Almost a bone broke sounding song. ( yah i like the stripes sue me.) The end riff just is awesome. Yellow sun: acoustic turn almost a bealtes esche song. sounds good. nothing special. Call it a day: the second to last song. very slow once again. just ends the album, you can see the sun setting on the back ground. blue veins: a cult favorite. i didn't fall in love with it. slow very sad. you've heard the raves ask them all in all a favorite album of mine. get the second one from these

blue veins spillin all over you

Vito ,

big time debut from a big time band. was forced to write this for blue veins. how you can dig this album and not dig blue veins is beyond me.

About The Raconteurs

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 together at Benson's East Grand Studio whenever they were available from their other projects, the Raconteurs recorded their debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, over the span of a year and released it in spring 2006 to middling reviews but a Top Ten place on Billboard's album charts. That year, the band also relocated to Nashville and worked on another batch of songs in between touring and dates at festivals such as Lollapalooza. In 2008, they released the single, "Old Enough" b/w " Top Yourself," on Third Man as a joint production with Warner Brothers. ~ Heather Phares

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