April 10, 2008

Test Spin: The Raconteurs

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In the frustrating search for contemporary bands that possess classic rock ’n roll cool on top of serious musical merit, The Raconteurs rank as one the most fly and happening alternative sensations since their debut album, Broken Boy Soldier, hit stores in 2006. Living up to the proclamatory title, The Raconteurs’ new album, Consolers of the Lonely spins inventive and original rock yarns about love lost and delivers a few “fuck-yous.”
The prodigious brainchild of Jack White (The White Stripes) and members of the Greenhornes, The Raconteurs have made a record here that owns a unique alternative style, doubling as garage folk and math rock. Unlike Broken Boy Soldier, Consolers of the Lonely has a stronger White Stripes presence in both vocals and composition, as Jack White brings some of the bluesy energy from last summer’s Icky Thump; White’s signature creativity is a boon to the album.
As The Raconteurs continue to travel on a trajectory of awesome American rock, Consolers of the Lonely provides a euphoric fix for any music junkie.