Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Still rockin'. Still rollin'. The Raconteurs.

If you were to take some classic rock, mix it with a bit of blues, and throw it in a tin can with two pennies and a handful of dirt, you'd get the new Raconteurs album Consolers of the Lonely.

Just so we're clear, that was a complement. Consolers is a great evolution for the band with a little down-home oldness mixed with some creative new ideas pulled together by a group of guys who obviously love what they do.

Moving away a bit from the sounds of the debut Broken Boy Soldiers, Consolers is more akin to a beefed-up version of the White Stripes than what you would expect from the Raconteurs. Jack White is discovering himself as a musician with both bands' most recent offerings and I suppose it couldn't be helped if his latest obsessions have bled into both records.

While "Carolina Drama," the last track, is my personal favorite, the thirteen mostly wonderful dittys preceding it make for a great second album. Opening track "Consoler of the Lonely" kicks things off with a rip-roaring sampler of just about everything else you can expect from the album. Hard riffs, clever lyrics and good vocalizing from both of the group's frontmen. Give that one a listen. If you're not sold, don't bother.

Featuring well organized pieces to songs which sound more like a jam session, Consolers delivers a plethora of quality tunes for a wide range of tastes. Pleasantly unpolished and full of life, Consolers of the Lonely is one of those albums that make you want to nod your head, tap your foot and legitimately pay attention to what's being played.

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