Wow! What a group! "The Raconteurs" is made up of Jack White of the White Stripes, with multi-talented Brendan Benson, and rockers Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of the Greenhornes for company
First hit "Steady As She Goes" (White/Benson) is first rate material, offering some good advice on marriage - "Find yourself a girl and settle down. Live a simple life in a quiet town". I also like "Hands" with its stirring chorus of "When you're with me there's a life and I can see my way, when you speak to me it's a song and I know what to say". The title track is a rock masterpiece, with a little Middle Eastern riff and an Irish jig thrown in for good measure, and is followed by the humorous "Intimate Secretary".
"Together" takes the pace down to ballad, so you can catch your breath before the short "Level" and "Store Bought Bones" pump you up again. "Yellow Sun" goes acoustic, while "Call It a Day" and "Blue Veins" close off this excellent album on an introspective note.
There's just one obvious problem - its only ten songs long. Ten songs is all we get for this huge debut album - so play it often and make it last.