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Consolers of the Lonely
     

Consolers of the Lonely

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by The Raconteurs
 

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For their second recording, Jack White and Brendan Benson plus the redoubtable rhythm section of Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler decamped to Blackbird Studio in Nashville. Working through songs that had been written and honed during their 2006 tour, the band presented Consolers of the Lonely without any of the lead-up fanfare customary to major releases. The

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Consolers of the Lonely 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a huge White Stripes fan, I initially didnt like the first Raconteurs album. I was hoping for that WS sound, and when it wasnt there I put the album aside, only to pick it up again a few months later and realize their talent and potential. 'Consolers of the Lonely' is the huge leap forward they need to convince the masses. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys straight up classic style rock, and to fans of the White Stripes too. (This album might even be better than the last WS release!)
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When I put Consolers of the Lonely in for the first time, I expected Broken Boy Soldiers Part II. I wanted even more sprawling, raucous fuzzed-out, bluesy, distorted vintage 60s madness. That album's material (live moreso by far) was greatly inspired by the past, but it never tried to hard. I expected elaborations of those live songs with the new disc. Much to my surprise, the album is, instead, littered with pop melodies, over-zealous instrumentation, and a lot of the time, no actual purpose. Several songs carry on for no reason, or make a shift in sound that has you scratching your head. It's not that it's weird--it's just meaningless. I want to know the purpose behind all the horns on Switch and the Spur. I want to know why Attention has so much screwing around toward the end. I want to know why Pull This Blanket Off Me is so outta key and why the guitar is randomly thrown in there. Flaws aside, the melodies themselves are very poppy, as i mentioned. Not necessarily in a catchy, radio-friendly kinda way, but more like a cute, indie kind of way. Hmm. Sounds like Brendan's solo work, actually. If he didn't heavily influence this album by writing most of the songs, I don't know what it is that makes it so drastically different. They mentioned they were experimenting a lot. But with that word--experimenting--I think of weird, crazy, psychedelic stuff. Yeah. Not here. Listen to them expound and expand on live versions of any song and they'll blow you away. They bring energy, passion, and explosion to most anything (thanks largely to drummer Patrick Keeler). I was disappointed with the album, but that could be from my own expectations. Music fans I think will enjoy it immensely, whether they aer fans of the white stripes, benson, or the greenhornes. Casual listeners will probably be drawn in, even though the first single, Salute Your Salution, isn't your typical radio-friendly hit. I recommend this because not everyone has as staunch expectations and standards as I. :) Plus, the first two tracks are pretty amazing, as is Top Yourself and Many Shades of Black (minus the horns). A few other songs are strong, too, though. But the album is definitely flawed. I forgive them because they rock so hard live. :D