The Raconteurs
Consolers of the Lonely


4.5
superb

Review

by Doug Zeiser USER (6 Reviews)
May 20th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Consolers Of The Lonely is a more thrash styled version of Broken Boy Soldiers. It also seems to have a bigger contribution by Jack White. It's worth a listen...

The first thing I have to say is that The Raconteurs' first album, Broken Boy Soldiers is great; although, I think this one surpasses it.

Consolers Of The Lonely really delivers proof of the existence of talent The Raconteurs possess. From the great bass playing of Jack Lawrence, to the incredible, in sync vocals of Jack White and Brendan Benson. The transition between Jack and Brendan is extraordinary. You hear it clearly, but it doesn’t kill the mood; as many bands tend to do when attempting a change-up. The track, Solute Your Solution is the main song that opened my ears to this.

One thing that people expect of this band is that Jack White may have to hold back on some unique guitar solos in order for The Raconteurs to have a good, well-put together album. In fact, that’s what he seemed to do in Broken Boy Soldiers. Quite a few of The White Stripes fans were not happy with this. The songs were more about rhythm and consistency, rather than daring solos and challenging vocals. It was a fairly, conservative album. Although, the CD turned out to be a great collaboration of catchy lyrics and good beats, in my opinion, it doesn’t reach the level Consolers Of The Lonely seems to reach.

Fans of The White Stripes were upset to see that White wasn’t the lead lyric writer. I guess they were just hoping to see a duplicate of The White Stripes, with just a different name, and with more people. Benson shows his lyric writing skills well in Broken Boy Soldiers, but exceeds expectations in Consolers Of The Lonely. In addition, this album has a whole song that seems to be almost a solo by White (just light playing in the background by the rest of the members). The track is Carolina Drama. It’s a tremendous song, that tells a story, while maintaining a great melody. The most amazing thing about this song is that it doesn’t have a chorus, but it is still amazingly catchy! There are not many songs like that. White definitely has enough skill to be talked about down the road. Now, understand that White didn’t create the song completely by himself. He had a large amount of help from Benson. In this album, Brendan Benson definitely proves his worthiness to be one of the leaders of this band.

The band has enough skill to afford to let White go nuts, while not having to worry if Brendan can keep up with his guitar. The fact is; Brendan has some extraordinary skills of his own on guitar (as well as keyboard). A prime example of his guitar playing talent is the track, Consoler Of The Lonely. The Raconteurs play extremely well together. They also aren’t afraid to hold back on some tracks, just to make the song more meaningful. These guys are good, and I think they'll be big.

Now, I have to say that this is a guitar heavy band, not drum heavy. The drummer, Patrick Keeler, does show some talent, but he's like a Meg White type (but with a little more thrash). He has excellent rhythm, and is terrific for this band, but I don't see him breaking the top 20 drummers list anytime soon. That’s all I’m sayin’.

Let me just finish off by stating that this album was definitely worth the money I paid. I suggest you go out and buy this album ASAP. You won't regret it. And if you don't trust me, then go to their MySpace page and check 'em out. Hey, it's for free..

Thanks for reading.


Recommended Tracks:

Consoler Of The Lonely
Salute Your Solution
Old Enough
The Switch And The Spur
Top Yourself
Five On The Five
Attention
These Stones Will Shout
Carolina Drama



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farglesnuff
June 4th 2008


241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just got this a few days ago and im lovin it. much better than their first album imo. you dont understand me, top yourslef, and carolina drama are just killer tracks...

ArtHerring
June 8th 2008


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought "Consolers" was overall a lot better album and covered a lot more musical ground and genres than "Broken Boy Soldiers." Both were good, but I like this one better.

Shrapnel94
July 9th 2008


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The riff of Top Yourself haunts me. It doesnt get out of my head

good reveiw too

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2008


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome classic rock album. Some truly great songwriting here. Every fan of rock music should check them out.

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backinhindsight
July 18th 2008


198 Comments


I'd say Patrick Keeler is WAYYYYYYY better than Meg, if only because he doesn't pound the bejeebus out of the cymbals for the entirety of EVERY song like Meg.

And this album was a lot better than Broken Boy Soldiers

SHOOTME
July 18th 2008


2393 Comments


Review is decent. Album is decent.

lglag
May 1st 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Only really listened to this album recently. Absolutely incredible.

profoundword
May 31st 2010


239 Comments


Nice Review, I'm glad my opinion that it just pips Broken Boy Soldiers seems to be the general consensus here , Really good album

bloc
July 17th 2011


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn this is better than the first album

llacnayr93
August 29th 2011


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jack White never disappoints! Very dynamic album, in both intensity and styles. I can never get over Jack Lawrence's bass playing, he's a beast.

kuala
December 2nd 2011


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Patrick keeler is actually an amazing drummer. Also this album owns

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2011


10499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is the tits highfive

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JWT155
April 11th 2014


9300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Under appreciated record.

zakalwe
April 11th 2014


8522 Comments


I'd say it's more underated than under appreciated

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JWT155
April 11th 2014


9300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A 3.8 is hardly an under rated rating. I feel like this get's lost behind his work with the White Stripes, Dead Weather and his solo material.

zakalwe
April 11th 2014


8522 Comments


I'm only messin dude. People get in a right mess about saying something is overrated/underrated round here.

Jamper
June 6th 2014


98 Comments


Returned to this jam lately. It sure is good, sir

ExcentrifugalForz
August 16th 2014


1756 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what happened to this band

the first album was good



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