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Released with exuberant haste, The Raconteurs' follow-up to Broken Boy Soldiers is rich with energy, invention and dynamics. Although its heartbeat is heavy guitar rock, the album takes countless brief, brisk detours into modern variations of folk, garage-thrash and even (whisper it) Prog-Rock. So much is crammed in that you wonder how Jack White succeeds in retaining any fresh ideas for the White Stripes.
And it is all about White. When The Raconteurs formed in Detroit in '05, much was made of their being a "super-group". The term flapped rather loosely: while White's co-singer-guitarist-keyboardist Brendan Benson had something approaching a name, few outside the immediate circle can have known much of killer rhythm section Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. Now that the band has been Grammy-nominated and laden with accolades, they stand as their own entity. Consolers Of The Lonely presents that entity as a fully-charged yet complex beast, deeply in thrall to both loud Led Zeppelin and quiet Led Zeppelin and given unique flavour by White's wired performances (both as histrionic vocalist and unapologetic axe hero).
Throughout, a backdrop of murmurs and giggles can be heard (along with studio-speak including a matter-of-fact "we'll double track that"). It makes the whole thing… read more »