3/25/2008

No Consolation Prize Here



THE RACONTEURS
Consolers of the Lonely

[Warner Bros/Third Man-2008]


These guys are old school. Yeah, how to boil water and all that. But who puts a lead off title track on their album anymore? And a worthy one, too? This one prominently features the lead vocals of Brendan Benson in what seems like a deliberate attempt to once again assert the “we’re a band” concept and not the commonly held “Jack White and co.” perception. Wait—seems? Nah, Jack White chances nothing.

In any event, once revved up, Consolers of the Lonely rocks a bit harder than Broken Boy Soldiers (“Salute Your Solution”, “Hold Up”, “Five on the Five”, "Attention"; the title track) and has a more in-your-face mix than their debut. The band even dabbles in retro R&B balladry—“Many Shades of Black”, complete with the requisite horn section, in this case the legendary Memphis Horns—and pseudo-White Stripes territory on the bluesy, slide guitar-flavored “Top Yourself”, but there’s nothing here to win you over if you weren’t sucked in the first time around. Conversely, if you felt Broken Boy Soldiers answered the question, “What would the White Stripes sound like with a rhythm section carried by a real drummer?” then this record is for you. (It's also closer to the sound of The White Stripes than the previous Raconteurs album, for what it's worth.)

Even though we are only a third of the way in, arguably the most anticipated rock record of 2008 is here and it’s pretty good. Which in this era of increasingly diminishing returns is about par for the course. However, don't let that put a damper on your enjoyment of Consolers of the Lonely one bit. This ain’t no sophomore slump, not by a long shot.

1 comment:

Arturo said...

So, be better go and buy it!, iTunes here I come... thanks man...