The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely - Searing Guitar Notes - 2008 Alt Indie Rock 180 Grm 2LP

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The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely

Third Man Records ‎– TMR-538
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180-Gram

2019 Third Man Records Reissue (TMR-538). 180 Gram Black Vinyl pressing

03 May 2019
Blues Rock, Power Pop



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
C3 Attention
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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Phonographic Copyright (p) – Third Man Records, LLC
Copyright (c) – Third Man Records, LLC
Published By – Chrysalis Music
Published By – Gladsad Music
Published By – Third String Tunes
Published By – House Of Dreams Music, Ltd.
Recorded At – Blackbird Studio
Pressed By – Third Man Pressing






Arranged By [Horns] – Brendan Benson, Jack White III, Wayne Jackson
Arranged By [Songs] – The Raconteurs
Artwork [General Garmentry & Bewitchery] – Brandy St.John
Band [The Raconteurs Are], Bass, Banjo, Backing Vocals [Back-up Vocality] – Jack L.J. Lawrence
Band [The Raconteurs Are], Drums, Percussion – Patrick Keeler
Band [The Raconteurs Are], Vocals [Sing], Guitar [String, Ring, Ding, Dong] – Brendan Benson
Band [The Raconteurs Are], Vocals, Guitar [Frets], Synthesizer [Stylophone], Piano [Pianos], Organ [Vital Organs] – Jack White III
Clavinet [Played Clavinet On Things] – Dean Fertita
Design [Packaging At Animal Rummy], Layout [Packaging At Animal Rummy] – Rob Jones
Design [Packaging], Layout [Packaging] – Patrick Keeler
Engineer – Joe Chiccarelli
Engineer [Assistant Engineer For Recording And Mixing] – Lowell Reynolds
Fiddle [Fiddled About] – Dirk Powell
Horns [Played Their Memphis Horns On some Songs] – The Memphis Horns
Horns [The Memphis Horns] – Jack Hale, Tom McGinley, Wayne Jackson
Lacquer Cut By – WTS (tracks: E, F), WG (tracks: A1 to D14)
Management – Ian Montone
Management [For] – Monotone Management
Mastered By – Vlado Meller
Mastered By [Assistant] – Mark Santangelo
Mixed By – Jack White III
Mixed By [Mix Down Engineer] – Vance Powell
Other [Hand Model And Devil's Advocate] – Tiffany Steffens
Photography By [Tintype Photographs] – Stephen Berkman
Producer – Brendan Benson, Jack White III
Set Designer [Set Deconstructor] – Angela Messina
Vocals [Female] – The Flory Dory Girls
Written-By – Brendan Benson (tracks: 1 to 11, 13, 14), Jack White III (tracks: 1 to 11, 13, 14)





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Barcode (On sticker): 8 13547 02571 5




First of all, forget whatever you thought you knew about The Raconteurs. This album would be hard-pressed to be much more different from "Broken Boy Soldiers," their 2006 debut. From Jack's first searing guitar notes of the title track, which opens the album, through the quirky Dylan-esque "Carolina Drama" that closes it, this album shows that the Racs did not just drive up to the stop light and then continue on after the light changed. They hung a right and buried the gas.

What's different from "Broken Boy Soldiers"? The energy level is higher, for one thing. While there is a mix of different paced songs on the album, overall they've taken the energy to a new level. The first album had a "sound" that extended throughout the entire album; this does not. It's also not as polished an album as their first (and that's a good thing, not a bad thing - nor is it a criticism of "Broken Boy Soldiers").
While Brendan's pop-meister sensibilities and skills are evident (their cover of Terry Reid's "Rich Kid Blues" is a good example), they are not as pronounced as on "Broken Boy Soldiers". There are some rough edges to the sound that add to the energy and a dark edginess that lurks in the background ("Top Yourself" is an excellent example). Some of their influences, such as country, are more obvious (Dirk Powell's fiddling is lovely).
And Jack III's love of the blues is much more evident. The use of the Memphis Horns on some tracks raised my eyebrows until I heard them; the use is sparing and fits beautifully (I can't begin to count how many rock songs have been ruined by the addition of horns - Jackie Bollweevil and Brendan Boy knew exactly what they were doing here). And some of Jack's slide work will positively make your skin crawl!

It's premature for me to add any detailed commentary on the individual songs (I've only given the album three careful [translate: headphones] listens, although it's been playing constantly since I got it), but "Carolina Drama" is definitely my fave so far - it's killer good. Side note: "Five On The Five" has evolved considerably since it was played in concerts on the 2006 tour.

What I can say is, even though it's only March, this is easily one of the best albums of 2008, and it's going to be very heavily played at this house for a long time to come. My advice is to buy this album, put it in your car stereo, turn it up all the way, and drive around town with all the windows down (even if it's snowing, and definitely in the rain) - that is what rock `n' roll was intended for, and this is most definitely rock `n' roll of the first order.

While this album is very different from "Broken Boy Soldiers", it is absolutely outstanding in every way. This is grand stuff, indeed. So much for the sophomore album jinx.

More Information
Condition New
Format 2LP, Gatefold, 180 Gram
Label Third Man Records
Artist Jack White
Color Black