The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely (2xLP 180 Gram Tri-Fold Vinyl)
From the beginning Jack White insisted that the Raconteurs were a proper band and not just a White Stripes side project. The release of CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY, the second album by the band he co-leads alongside singer-songwriter Brendan Benson, bears out all parties' commitment to the project.
From the very first cut (the title track), the varied musical personalities at work here are apparent, as the song moves back and forth between a streamlined, Benson-sung section and a slower, crunchier blues-rocking snatch of patented White work. That stylistic dynamic plays itself out in less blatant juxtapositions throughout the rest of the album. "You Don't Understand Me" is a classic power-popper replete with twinkling piano and smooth, layered vocal harmonies, while raw garage-rock stomper "Hold Up" leaps out with almost savage ferocity. The most rewarding moments may be the ones where White and Benson collaborate to create a fresh-sounding sonic paradigm, as on "The Switch and the Spur," a trumpet-punctuated epic that sounds more akin to a testosterone-enhanced Decemberists than anything else. Ultimately, White and Benson honor just enough of their respective pasts to ensure a vital future for the Raconteurs.
Title: Consolers Of The Lonely
Artist: The Raconteurs
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 05/03/2019
Label: Third Man Records
A1 Consoler Of The Lonely
A2 Salute Your Solution
A3 You Don't Understand Me
A4 Old Enough
B1 The Switch And The Spur
B2 Hold Up
B3 Top Yourself
C1 Many Shades Of Black
C2 Five On The Five
C4 Pull This Blanket Off
D1 Rich Kid Blues, Written-By – Terry Reid
D2 These Stones Will Shout
D3 Carolina Drama
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