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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B0015KO52S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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File : JACK WHITE. Spitfire 2008 album from the supergroup led by Jack White (The White Stripes) and Brendan Benson, with members of The Greenhornes! Includes "Salute Your Solution". (SABOTEURS)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Kahl on 31 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I first saw the Raconteurs at Reading two years ago and was completely blown away by their set. I liked White Stripes before that, but this was much, much richer and more varied. It seemed as if JW had really found had found the perfect context for his mercurial talent...

So I bought Broken Boy Soldiers on the strength of the concert and was mildly disappointed. Sure, Steady As She Goes is catchy and Intimate Secretary or Store Boght Bones are terrific tracks but they kind of paled in comparison to the live performance.

So when Consolers of the Lonely came out, I wasn't entirely sure whether I really needed another Raconteurs studio album. However, the love of my life bought it for me and I will be forever grateful that she did!

The album is an absolute gem from start to finish. It is more varied and confident than SBB and it doesn't have a weak track on it. There are some standout tracks such as You Don't Understand Me, Rich Kid Blues and These Stones Will Shout, but really you'll want to listen to all of this over and over again.

One of the albums of the year without a doubt!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Graham S. Curtis on 20 April 2008
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I am a bloke in his mid forties who grew up in the seventies on a diet of music ranging from Cream to Joni Mitchell,Led Zeppelin to Nick Drake and David Bowie to Free.

I own 1000 vinyl albums and about 600 CD's. Do not write reviews on here very often as find most are written by people only interested in a particular genre rather than a love of complete range of music.

And now to the point. This is a truly astonihing record. The best thing i have heard in years. White and Benson have combined to create a mini masterpiece. Raw powerful blues based rock n roll.

People moan about it being derivative, but heh what isn't or ever has been?

From the kickass rock of Attention to the blues/soul of Many Shades of Black this has it all.

Come on Britich bands. We made the best rock and roll in the sixties and seventies. We can do again. Am i the only one bored with a string of mediorce post punk wannabees? Rather than listening to The Velvets,Gang of Four and Joy Division....put on some Cream,Stones, Zeppelin and this and make our music more interesting again.

BUY BUY BUY. You wont be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Speller on 30 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jack White is a talent, no doubt about that. But so is Brendan Benson, it was always going to be fascinating to see how these two managed to combine their main product with this little side projects. On this album we see both sharing the song writing with a real Lennon/McCartney authentic vibe emerging.

Mixing the raw blues and rock with the unique delivery and song craftsmanship the album is a complete success and a real step up from the well received debut back in 2006. Starting with the heavy ladened rock "Consoler Of The Lonely" and "Salute Your Solution" the album begins in an energetic and excellent manner. The stripped down guitars and drums in "Consoler Of The Lonely" are reminiscent of the White Stripes and are wonderfully contrasted with Benson's lead lyrics. As on most of the album, the two interchange the duties of singing mid track. The listener is absorbed into the dirty Detroit sound, eagerly anticipating the next track.

The Raconteurs manage to produce a sound that very few bands in the industry currently can match, and have the confidence and swagger to produce a dynamic and unique sound. "Salute Your Solution" has wonderful crashing riffs, yelping high tempo lyrics and cracking guitar solos. A slower Benson inspired "You Don't Understand Me" led by piano comes in next, a real contrast to the opening tracks. A beautiful track with a rousing piano finish from 3:40, showing that the Raconteurs can hold back some of that raw blues energy that is ready to burst through.

"Old Enough" with the country feel and violin shoots in from yet another angle, the set of influences and the directions the album pulls in are so widespread that it never becomes to familiar and this is the real ingredient for this album's success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe P. J. Adhemar on 23 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums I put on if someone complains that music 'is not what it used to be'. It is a rare moment where brilliant musicians and song writers find themselves in the studio at the top of their game. No pretensions. Pure, honest Rock and Roll. All the influences are there. Townsend, Page etc....
It's a shame the first single was 'I salute..' because this is the weakest on the album in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebel on 13 April 2008
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The first Raconteurs album was what I waited for: Jack White with a traditionally set-up band (not that the White Stripes are in any way incomplete, their great!). And it delivered what I hoped for in spades: immaculately written and enthusiastically performed, intelligent rock.
The new album - for me - takes it a step further. I agree with a previous reviewer in that it is a grower, less immediate at first than 'Broken Soldiers', and it is the better for it.
It is a great album (in my view at least), but one that becomes more rewarding with each listen. There is so much fantastic musical craftsmanship on display, the writing and production ingenious. As in many great current albums (eg Goldfrapp, Duffy, ...), there is a distinct 70's edge to it, though it always sounds absolutely contemporary, never dusted.
I cannot understand the reviewer calling it 'dull', there is simply nothing dull in it. The band is muscular, flexible, entertaining, competent, ...; obviously they had a whale of a time recording the album, and I could not think of a more unfitting description than 'dull'. The reviewer has in my view not grasped at all what this album is about.
The band is fantastic, I don't want to single anybody out. I love the drumming, though, always entertaining and with great drive and vision.
I also love the variety, these guys are just so full of ideas and to me it does not sound fragmented at all.
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