The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely

March 25, 2008

raconteurs1The Raconteurs (Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler and Jack White) finish their new album in early March, and here it is released already in late March. But is it good? Well, in a word, yes. Some might say very good, in fact. If their debut album was an exercise in pop, Consolers Of The Lonely is a full on rock record, rock with an often distinctly 60’s and 70’s feel, clear from the opening notes of the title track and then the first single, “Salute Your Solution,” which follows in short order, right down to the stunner of a final track, the mini-epic “Carolina Drama.” There’s country and blues thrown into the mix, too, and some wicked good guitar playing. Though I liked a lot of Broken Boy Soldiers, I can’t say I really loved any of it. Consolers Of The Lonely, however, is right down my alley. I think it’s good enough to stand along the best work the various members of the band have done outside the Raconteurs, plus it’s as fun to listen to as all get out. Rock fans rejoice, you have a hell of a cool album in store for you. Standout cuts: “Consolers Of The Lonely,” “Salute Your Solutions,” “Five On The Five” and “Carolina Drama.”


6 Responses to “The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely”

  1. Stephen Says:

    Strange, I thought the exact opposite regarding the classic rock feel. Maybe I just need to listen to Counselors again.

  2. radiondn Says:

    I’d hesitate to call it a classic rock album, but there are blues and country influences similar to the kind embraced by rock bands in the 60’s and 70’s, which is what I meant by rock with a distinctly 60’s and 70’s feel. That said, I don’t think they sound particularly like any band from that period, as I think they’re using those influences to make music that’s modern and with a vitality of its own.

  3. radiondn Says:

    P.S. I do share your enthusiasm for the album!

  4. Bill34 Says:

    The genius of Jack White is his “tip of the hat”,
    to the great ones, while sounding original at the same time. and not just in his music, but in other areas like pakaging,.. he seems very knowledgable in the history of modern music…
    I’m liking the new record more and more.

  5. GML Says:

    Carolina Drama is a master piece! Dylan would be proud!

    This album is hands down a classic.

  6. DMITH Says:

    Hands down one of the best albums of the last 5 years – an instant classic!

    Can anyone explain ‘Carolina Blues’?

    A must purchase!

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