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New Music Tuesday: The Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely: 9/10

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Posted by admin On March - 25 - 2008

Jack White is the most bad-ass rock front-man of the 21st century. -Z.T.

It’s clear from the opening licks that this is Jack White’s band first and foremost. He can not be contained to just the White Stripes and the Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler compliment him perfectly.

Starting with a raucous title track like he did with Icky Thump, White opens things up on the sophomore album from The Raconteurs.

He shreds all over this brilliant follow-up to Broken Boy Soldiers, giving us another 14 treats to head bob and play a mean air guitar to. Consolers is a dirtier sounding album than Broken Boy, in that it feels rougher around the edges, sounding an awful lot like a White Stripes album, but with more fleshed out instrumentation.

They get bluesy on tracks like “Top Yourself,” bring the horns with class on “Many Shades of Black” and pretty much rock your face off consistently throughout the whole album.

I haven’t found any weak spots on this bad boy yet. It seems to be a skip-free album after a few listens and it’s growing on me by the minute. I’m discovering new things to go ga-ga over every time.

At the 1:00 mark of “Rick Kid Blues,” I swear I thought we were going into the build-up of “Sister Christian.” Someone check this out and make me feel less crazy.

White seems to have channeled his inner JB and KG of the D on the great “The Switch and the Spur” as he chants “Any poor souls who trespass against us, whether it be beast or man will suffer the plight or be stung dead on sight by those who inhabit this land.”

Great lyrics abound, like “I got what I got all despite you and I get what I get just to spite you” on “Salute your Solution.”

The Raconteurs started as a side project, but after two albums and another full tour this summer, it’s starting to seem like a pretty legit band to me.

Expect the title track to be a monster single and plan on keeping this album in your car stereo all summer. See you at Bonnaroo boys. Long live Jack White…

The best rock star of the 21st century.-Z.T.

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