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Broken Boy Soldiers [VINYL]

The Raconteurs Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000F6YVZ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Steady As She Goes
2. Hands
3. Broken Boy Soldier
4. Intimate Secretary
5. Together
6. Level
7. Store Bought Bones
8. Yellow Sun
9. Call It A Day
10. Blue Veins

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THE RACONTEURS Broken Boy Soldiers (2006 UK 10-track vinyl LP - The debut album from the collaboration of Jack White [White Stripes] Brendan Benson and Jack Lawrence & Patrick Keeler [The Greenhornes] and includes the single Steady As She Goes plus the explosive Store Bought Bones; proving they are more than capable of conquering any genre challenge or tale that they encounter superbly packaged in a metallic embossed gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve and Bonus Fold-out Poster. The sleeve shows a little light storagewear but the vinyl remains in near as new condition!)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great rock album. 15 May 2006
By Larts
Format:Audio CD
After listening to this album straight through twice, I can honestly say that it lives up to the expectations I had after listening to the single and bits and pieces on the radio. It's fantastic, ranging in texture from rough (Hands, Level) through stippled (Yellow Sun) to satin (Together) The Raconterus have definitely not fallen over on this release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Even my parents love it! 9 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Wow, we all love the White Stripes and especially Jack White's infectious and ground breaking idea's with music, I am fortunate to have already listened several times to Broken Boy Soldiers. This album truly takes him on another level (those who thought that possible after elephant?) To me the collaboration with already established band members has given Jack an added incentive to push the envelope further. His harmonies with Brendan are wonderful, this isn't just a Jack White showcase though, the influences are throughout from each individual member. Blue Veins being an old fashioned blues basher, Hands a decent late Beatles homeage and Yellow Sun wouldn't go amiss on any classic rock summer compilation. Each song is in a different style which only adds to the exquisite composition of the whole. This is THE album of 2006 and will be appreciated in time as one of the greatest ever recorded pieces of loveliness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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.

Amanda Richards
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steppin' outta line 23 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Welcome to the 21st-century's first notable supergroup: The Raconteurs. With members of the White Stripes and the Greenhornes, debut album "Broken Boy Soldiers" has a LOT to live up to.

And it's definitely a satisfying result -- rawer than the Greenhornes, more expansive than the White Stripes. The Raconteurs turn out solid, rough-edged rock'n'roll tunes and 60s-style guitar pop without leaning too much on any style. No grandstanding, not even a frontman. Just solid, unpretentious rock'n'roll.

It starts off with the slow burn and catchy rhythms of "Steady as She Goes," which orders you to "Find yourself a girl and settle down/Live a simple life in a quiet town." But over the blasts of guitar and grinding spurts, Brendan Benson wails, "But no matter what you do/You'll always feel as though you tripped and fell... Steady as she goes, are you steady now?"

The Raconteurs continue the solid guitar rock for a little while, but it's interrupted by the title track. It starts off as a galloping Middle-Eastern track, and soon Jack White is blasting through the song Robert-Plant-style. It's White's turn to shine, but he soon turns the spotlight back on his bandmates.

After that, the band starts to experiment even more: wailing bluesy rock with a lo-fi edge, ponderous bass-rock that seems to be experimenting with itself, claustrophobic whirlwinds, and even a bit of Beatlesy pop with the enchanting "Together." The album winds down gradually to a pensive alt-rock note, and you can almost picture the tired musicians wrapping up the day's work.

"Broken Toy Soldiers" is exactly what it appears to be -- solid, enjoyable rock music, without any gimmicks beyond the musicians themselves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - just give it a few listens first 24 May 2006
By S. King
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't all that impressed at first, but after this album got stuck in my car cd player on a long journey, I realised just how excellent it really is. I quite like the white stripes, but it's interesting to see what Jack can produce when backed up by some talented musicians - Meg's drumming has never really quite done it for me
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmm......music 26 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Somehow I missed the arrival of this album on my radar, but I'm glad I eventually got round to listening to it. Boy, this is good!

I do understand some of the critism that is levelled at them for sounding a bit like Led Zeppelin in places (Broken Boy Soldier), but I still think this is a blindingly good album. Maybe it's because I love melodic 70's rock, but I can't recommend this album highly enough. The music is so damn catchy, you can't help but love it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That rare thing - a decent side-project. 30 Dec 2006
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
To most people, The Raconteurs - or as they are known in New Zealand due to an old jazz band, the Saboteurs - will to most people be a side-project rather than a supergroup. This is because most people have never heard of power-pop solo artist Brendan Benson, let alone the Greenhornes, whose rhythm section provide backup to Benson and White Stripes man, Jack White. However, while to most it's not a supergroup, in practice it most certainly is.

Pooling their considerable talents, the Raconteurs combine to form something that's not really like anything the four men have done before. I have long said that were Jack White to recruit a proper backing band (or even a decent drummer) I would willingly buy the record that would result, and Broken Boy Soldiers is that record; what an album it is.

While by no means perfect - `Blue Veins' is terrible, and unfortunately closes the album - Broken Boy Soldiers is a brilliant written, short, sharp pop record. At 33 minutes and ten songs long, with only one duff one, it wastes no time. None of the songs last longer than four minutes, but each of them crams a ton of invention and brilliance into that time slot. Brendan Benson, with his clear, Beatle-like voice melds wonderfully with Jack White's faintly unhinged, Robert Plant-meets-a-mental-patient vocals.

This album is clearly a democracy between Benson as the pop classicist and White as the experimentalist. Benson's songs are the lush, charming numbers like the perky `Yellow Sun'; White's are the often sinister boogies like `Level.' When they combine their talents is where things really take off, with the albums handful of truly great songs.

`Steady, As She Goes' is the opener, first single, and first song the two wrote together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is just as cool.
I thought i alredy had this but it was "the dead weather" l.p i had, this is just as cool.
Published 7 days ago by swampdodger
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Published 19 days ago by ED-SHOT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut For the Raconteurs.
I bought this after hearing Steady as she Goes ,on the radio. I was surprised how good the other tracks were. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stevo
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as expected
This title was bought as a replacement for one that was lost. Such a good album I bought it twice. Service was good, arrived promptly, excellent condition CD, case and inlay.
Published 3 months ago by jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album from The Raconteurs!!
This is the best album from Jack Whites side project "The Raconteurs", there are great tracks which include Steady as She Gos" and many more, for anyone new to the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Good Quality
Easy 1 click download, I like the way it formats the files on my computer for me in a tidy way, album plays smoothly and works fine on my micro SD card on my phone. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and original for it's time, but lacks a certain something...
At first listening to this album I was somewhat unsure of it's appeal. I really like The White Stripes but couldn't really get to grips with it. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by A.Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Top album, second one is also very good

standout tracks are 'steady as she goes' and 'yellow sun'
Published on 26 Jan 2010 by K. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars And they're even better live
I first saw The Raconteurs in 2006 in a small venue in Edinburgh more for the chance to see Jack White than the band and didn't even own this album, but was entirely won over by... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2009 by Caitlin
4.0 out of 5 stars a listening must have
After loving the White strips i thought that i would give the Raconteurs a try, and i'm so glad i did!! Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2009 by C. Haysom
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