Consolers Of The Lonely
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Consolers Of The Lonely

October 3, 2011

  Song Title
Consoler Of The Lonely
Salute Your Solution
You Don't Understand Me
Old Enough
The Switch And The Spur
Hold Up
Top Yourself
Many Shades Of Black
Five On The Five
Pull This Blanket Off
Rich Kid Blues
These Stones Will Shout
Carolina Drama

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Release Date: March 5, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2008 Third Man Records, LLC, exclusively licensed to Warner Bros. Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 55:27
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  • ASIN: B0016CQCMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,629 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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113 of 120 people found the following review helpful
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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...white milk dripped down with the blood..." 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
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Racountours bring noise to the lonely April 17, 2008
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Somewhere between Broken Boy Soldiers and "Consolers of The Lonely," Jack White and Brendan Benson decided to toss the pop out the window and turn up the guitars. The distortedly wonderful result totally smacks down anyone who claimed the first album was a White Stripes Side Project or White helping out an old friend. "Consolers" makes the statement loud and clear from the first crashing chord and ringing snare drum on: The Raconteurs are a rock band.

And like the Led Zep fixation that appeared on The Stripes' Icky Thump, so goes this album. There are also more than a little salacious Stones jonesers banging ("Hold Up" being the prime love letter candidate for White's new friendship with Jagger and Richards, see his cameo on Shine a Light). But there's also a sense that The Raconteurs wanted to expand wildly and delve into their classic rock collections, down to the old timey cover art's shades of The Band or Bob Dylan, who are also echoed in the country cool of "Old Enough."

Both White and Benson sound enthusiastic about these songs, something the more refined "Soldiers" was missing. Where BBS was all about the craft, "Consolers" is more about the feel. You even get to hear someone give directions ("double track this") during the title track, amping up the wall of sound until it pile-drives you into submission. This is an album that gets off on its power, and band seems more than eager to show off their chops and the new chemistry.
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