Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Album Review - The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely
[XL Recordings; 24/03/2008]

March 17 and Jack White announces The Raconteurs will be releasing their second album in seven days times. Nice ploy, Mr. White. For a guy who unleashes material at least once every 12 months, I guess it’s refreshing for him not to tow the line with a record company for once.

Despite what Jack White has said in the past regarding the importance of this band, The White Stripes remains his number one baby. Anyone who works as hard and fast as White himself, deserves a little fun and that is what The Raconteurs essentially is. Like Broken Boy Soldiers, the band’s second album, Consolers of the Lonely has its moments, but as a whole package lacks a knock-out punch.

Things start of strong enough with the catchy title track, while ‘Salute Your Solution’ and ‘You Don’t Understand Me’ continue in much the same fashion. From here Consolers of the Lonely trudges on in fits and starts and really fails to gather any real momentum.

The concept Jack White and his compatriots have taken upon to release this album wasn’t the World’s best kept secret. However, you have to take your hat off to a guy whose hunger to create music is never satisfied, despite the events not always resulting in an earth shattering manner.

By Simon K

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Hi Simon / LM,

On behalf of XL Recordings and Warner Bros Records, many thanks for plugging “Consolers Of The Lonely” ... .. thanks also, on behalf of the labels and The Raconteurs, for not posting any pirate links although, if you / your readers would like a good quality, non-pirated, preview clip, a widget of the promo video for “Salute Your Solution” is available for fans and bloggers to embed at http://www.theraconteurs.com/widget.html