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The Raconteurs

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The RaconteursConsolers of the Lonely(XL/Warner)

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The Raconteurs is “a side project that has more intensity and commitment than most proper bands,” said Keith Phipps in The Onion. Considered somewhat of a supergroup—though Jack White is the only “superstar”—the Raconteurs initially seemed like his diversion from the White Stripes. Performing without White Stripes bandmate Meg, Jack could let loose musically and hang with the boys (namely fellow Detroit native Brendan Benson on guitar and keyboards and the rhythm section of Cincinnati’s the Greenhornes). Freed from the self-imposed restrictions of the White Stripes, he could rock out in whatever way he chose. And of all genres, White chose conventional classic rock, said Tom Breihan in The Village Voice. The “weirdest thing about the Raconteurs is how non-weird they are.” Their follow-up to their 2006 debut Broken Boy Soldiers is well developed but “decidedly unambitious.” Perhaps the band only exists so White can express his inner square-ness: “choogling Midwestern bar-rock grooves, fleshed-out instrumentation,” and a wardrobe consisting of shades other than black, white, and red. Except Consolers of the Lonely works best when White steps out of the spotlight and lets Benson in, said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. Benson’s “more refined power-pop” lends the Raconteurs an identity all its own. 

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