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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B001AP11KW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 reissue of Broken Boy Soldiers. The Raconteurs debuted in 2005 with an album that entered the U.S. chart at #7 and U.K. chart at #2. Rolling Stone said, 'Expectations were sky-high, but The Raconteurs exceed them all.' The song 'Steady, As She Goes' hit #1 ' and 'Level' #7. The album was named Album Of The Year by Mojo magazine and the disc was Grammy nominated for Best Rock Album with 'Steady, As She Goes' for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.10 tracks.

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Definitely one of the best albums this year.
Nse Ette
Jack White, one half of the White Stripes, is back with a side band who's first project is this wonderful debut album.
Diane Willis
I loved it on the first listen, and it just keeps getting better each time I hear it.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Justin N. Voorhees on June 2, 2006
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This CD may not change your life. It may not be the greatest thing your ears have ever happened upon. But, it's a lot of fun. And sometimes I think we forget that one of the best things about music is the smile it puts on our faces. I really enjoy listening to this CD. Period. No comparisons needed, no deep, profound thoughts about whether or not it is better, same or worse than anything . . . it's fun. These people make good music. So stop the internal dialogue right there. Remember that it's okay to enjoy yourselves sometimes. Really.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful By David Kenner on May 22, 2006
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This album clocks in at just under 34 minutes but when the half hour is this good, it's hard to complain.

The versatility that Jack White continues to show year after year is almost mind boggling. From the early White Stripes albums to "Candy Cane Children" to Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" to the music from COLD MOUNTAIN to "Get Behind Me Satan" to The Raconteurs, you just never know what he's going to do next. You can count on two things though: it will not be a copy of what he's done before and it will be quality music.

I believe he's the best composer and best musician in rock music today (and will be tomorrow).

The Raconteurs debut album is 10 infectious tracks that have a timeless quality. Sometimes it sounds as if this album could have been made in 1973, or 1979, or 1982, or 1990, yet it sounds very contemporary too. Instead of fronting the band, Jack's style is incorporated into a group of incredibly talented performers. The last track "Blue Veins" is one of the best songs from any of White's projects.

When there's so much insignificant music being made these days, it's good to know you can put your trust in Jack.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Zappelli on May 16, 2006
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The Raconteurs may not be as eclectic as the White Stripes but with Jack White's fingerprints all over this supergroup consisting of White, singer/songwriter Brendon Benson and two Greenhornes (Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence)comparisons are sure to abound. Benson and White have gone on the record to say that this is Detroit's answer to Nirvana's "Nevermind"; it's at least a couple of solid songs short of that lofty standard but for a debut album it certainly holds it's own.

Allready the group has had a name change forced upon them as there is a jazz band with the same name in Australia so they will be known as the Saboteur's downunder. That aside it has been smooth sailing for the foursome all whom have been doing exactly as they please in their musical ventures and yet managed to mesh together to the extent that you can sense everyone had their say in the way Broken Boy Soldiers sounds.

While all members of The Raconteurs may have been born equal, turns out that some are more equal than others. Because it's the songs that sound most like Jack that really soar: the piano/bass/cymbal heavy Blue Veins, or the astounding Broken Boy Soldiers far outshine the Benson penned jangle of Together or Call it a day.

Steady as she goes will garner a lot of airplay and is reminicent of sixties pop, it's also as catchy as the Bird-flu. This was the song that got the project of the ground when White and Benson got togther to write in Bensons attic.

If you heard Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" album then you will be familar with the Greenhorne's who Jack hired to work on that album, they also had/have the gig opening for the White Stripes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Billzebub on September 14, 2007
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I never thought much of Jack White and was prepared to write this off as hipster hype, but you just can't deny the pure unadulterated Zeppelinesque rock on this disc. Maybe it helps having a drummer who knows that there's more on the kit than a kick drum? Anyways, I stand corrected. Icky Thump isn't that bad either, now that I think about it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luke Warm on June 5, 2006
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Confession: I do not like the White Stripes. I mean, I like music with some rough edges but there's something just too primitive about the Stripes that leaves me cold. Even so, every now and then you'd get glimpses of things that made it apparent that Jack White was a capable and versatile musician and his work on Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" brought that point home even more.

Which brings us to Jack's newest project, The Raconteurs. Teaming up with fellow Detroiter, pop guy Brendan Benson, White has assembled what amounts to a 2006 version of The Kinks or Small Faces. That is to say what we have here is a pop/rock band with all of the classic ingredients: great songwriting, hooks galore, a solid rhythm section, inventive arrangements and two capable lead vocalists.

To be sure, there are plenty of rough edges and quirky sonic jimcrackery but they are always just one of numerous elements and never distract from the song. Maybe this is Benson's pop sensibilities tempering White's noisy asides or maybe not but the end result is a CD that is interesting and fun to listen to and, really, what else matters?

The opening track "Steady As She Goes" sounds fantastic and refreshing on the radio. A few more bands and releases like this and maybe rock can be revived from its current comatose state.

By the way, the CD is exactly the right length.
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