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  • Vinyl (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • ASIN: B001608R5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Consoler of the Lonely
2. Salute Your Solution
3. You Don't Understand Me
4. Old Enough
5. The Switch and the Spur
6. Hold Up
7. Top Yourself
8. Many Shades of Black
9. Five on the Five
10. Attention
11. Pull This Blanket Off
12. Rich Kid Blues
13. These Stones Will Shout
14. Carolina Drama

Editorial Reviews

2 LP Set- 180 gram- with plating and pressing by RTI
Half Speed Mastered at 45 RPM by Stan Ricker for Audiophile quality
Packaged in a full color two disc gatefold jacket- with insert- includes PRO CD of entire album-

Customer Reviews

Jack White and his band are so good!!
James Coy
That being said, just like their debut cd this one great song after great song.
C. Pallen
This is easily one of the best albums of the year, if not the best.
Van Heezy

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118 of 125 people found the following review helpful By BluesFan on March 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Eckhout on March 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Drama. (My one-word review)

This is not a continuation of Broken Boy Soldier. It is the Raconteurs creating a complete package of material that is in a whole 'nother building from BBS.

This release feels more collaborative and polished. Some songs do seem to have a bit too much going on with extended instrumentals and even some of the chorus/harmonizing might have been pared down because it comes off as a bit 'indulgent.' This is really my only complaint and it is minor. I gave it 5 not 4 stars.

A couple songs sound like what used to be called 'acid-rock' in the early 70's and would have fit in nicely between my Grand Funk Railroad lps and The Who. Specifically, Hold Up & These this description. They are 'reminiscent' not carbon copies.

"Old Enough" has an almost bluegrass flavour to it. Brendan and Jack harmonize as well as CSNY here.

"Top Yourself" is a lyrically fun, risque piece that probably could have been sub-titled: 'master of your own domain.' Nothing here the kiddies can't listen to. Subtlety abounds.

"Many Shades of Black" is uber-dramatic. The singing is sublime. The lyrics, melody and horns make it an atmospheric piece that makes me think of a small dark (aren't they all) nightclub featuring a band too good to be there. I don't know why....

"Carolina Drama" My review title uses a line from this song. It is a song with a driving beat, driving lyrics and a melody that you can't help but fall into. It is my favorite on the record and should become a classic, much like Eminem's, "Stan" or even "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." Have a listen, you'll understand. It is brilliant and perfectly sung.

"Jack's Voice." Okay, it's not a song title but I have to comment.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JR Media Freak VINE VOICE on April 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jack White is so influential and popular right now that when he tells the record company that he wants this album released on a certain date or else he is going happens!

Sometimes a rushed release date has its drawbacks such as mistakes in the packaging or poor sound quality. However, this album is superb in every way! The album artwork is cool with the retro photograph, the sound quality is great (the opening guitar sounds massive), and the songs are all well written and recorded.

I cannot top the other reviews here going into a whole lot of detail on the songs etc, but I have listened to the album all the way through at least 4 times. It is a little more rockin' than the first release. The guitars sound great (probably recorded really raw with an old tube amp and a microphone). It is a great album! If you like The White Stripes or The Raconteurs 1st album, then pick this one won't be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Alexander on March 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you have read any of the reviews on other sites bashing this album, don't be fooled. Of course it doesn't sound like the 1st Raconteur album..that would be boring....if you have followed Jack White's career you know that he always changes it up with each album, White Stripes, Raconteurs or any other project that he's involved with. I think the bands songwriting/arranging on this album is supperior to the 1st. Great effort!!! I've been a fan of Jack White since seeing him on a whim at a Detroit bar back in the early Stripe days....this album has now become one of my it!
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