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Posted by: Dave on March 30, 2008 at 8:00 pm

RaconteursConsolersNote: This is the second album from The Raconteurs, the band that includes Jack White (of the White Stripes), Brendan Benson (veteran solo artist) and Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler (of the Greenhornes). They finished mastering Consolers of the Lonely in early March, and, in an unprecedented move, released it immediately without the traditional build-up for marketing, singles, videos, etc. Their goal was for the music to reach everyone simultaneously to prevent critics’ or their record label’s opinions from affecting people’s judgment of the music.
Sound: Riff-heavy rock that can be grandiose and arena-ready (with lots guitar effects, organs and horns), sedated and bar-friendly (with piano and cleaner guitar), rootsy (with violin and acoustic guitar) or more traditionally bluesy (in the vein of Jack White’s more famous band The White Stripes). Jack’s possessed howls and Brendan’s power pop melodies get equal time on the record – sometimes alternating verses and harmonizing on the same track, other times one concedes the lead duties to the other for the entire track.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Consoler of the Lonely”; “Many Shades of Black”; “Salute Your Solution”; “Carolina Drama”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Old Enough”; “Top Yourself”
Recommended: The Raconteurs have a more full-band sound this time around and they’ve conjured up an impressive array of standout tracks on Consolers of the Lonely. But the album is a little lengthy and would have benefitted from trimming out a few songs. The Raconteurs have arrived, though, as one of today’s premiere big rock acts.
Grade: B+

Listen to Tracks/Buy Music:
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One Response to “The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely (Warner Brothers)”

  1. WEB SHERIFF Says:

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    Hi NMN,

    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 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

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