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Broken Boy Soldiers
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on 21 July 2015
GREAT SOUND !!!.......that a person who grew up with all the great artists of the 60s and 70s,...like myself... can REALLY enjoy !!!
REAL talented musicians....with NO "Techno crap"!!!....just SOLD "from the soul"music !!!!
It is getting harder to find music like this !....more up and coming artists should go back and search the old roots....something I think this band managed to do !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2006
Now, I used to hate it as a kid when my dad would inform me that whatever I was listening to sounded like something else, (usually something wierd from the 60's). It was even more annoying when he was right. We're sort of in that territory here, as on my first listen of 'Broken Boy Soldiers', I found that 6 of the 10 songs appeared to have a twin. But, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, as you can see with my 4 Stars.

'Steady as She Goes' is a great scratchy, gritty blast, with it has to be said, a pretty good melody. 'Hands' is fairly reminiscent of Bad Company's 'Feel Like Making Love', with the excellent 'Broken Boy Soldiers' showing severe Sabbath tendencies. 'Intimate Secretary' reverts back to White Stripes nonsense lyrics albeit with a decent tune.

Track 5, 'Level', is pure 'Knockin on Heaven's Door' and 'Store Bought Bones' smacks of Deep Purple.

'Yellow Sun' on first listen brought images of the Nina Simone/Muller Lite yoghurt advert to mind, until I decided that 'A Little Less Conversation' is a slightly closer relation. Have a listen, you'll know what I mean.

The only track I thought didn't fit was 'Call it a Day', but the final offering, 'Blue Veins' makes up for this aplenty. It can only be described as the net result of forcing Eric Clapton to thrash a tune out after only ever having access to the 'Dark Side of the Moon' for the last 25 years, its dark, moody and if you turn up your bass button, it makes your chest hurt.

Another positive point is the album is only around 33 minutes long. I have started to hold my breath as my CD player gets ready to display a new CD's length. As 74 minutes flashes up, I start to adopt the foetal position, and wish music hadn't been invented. No problems here though.

You're gonna like 'Broken Boy Soldiers' if you like any of the bands mentioned above, but if rip offs annoy, I'd steer clear.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2007
A lot of people seem to be saying "better than the White Stripes". I'm not really sure about that. It's just less blues-based, less stripped-down and probably as a result, more accessible.

I saw The Raconteurs at Leeds Festival last year, and they were simply the best band of the entire weekend - that I saw. They just knocked the entire audience flat. So tight, and real heavy. The album isn't as heavy as the live performance but it's tunes are beautifully infectious and sing-a-long, inventive, and yes, poppy.

Now, since I got an iPod, I have been making a playlist of all my favourite tunes from whatever records I put on it. And the thing with the Raconteurs album is that I haven't put even one song on that playlist. And the reason for that is that I like them all. I can't pick one, two or even three that I like above the rest. So there's no point in putting the whole thing on a playlist. This is the only album that I have so far had this problem with. I think that's quite high praise.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2006
I, like virtually everybody else, bought this album on hearing the fantastic 'Steady, As She Goes'. Unfortunately when I listened to it, I was not overly impressed, none of the other tracks stood out as being good at all. Luckily, a couple of days later I listened again, and it all began to make sense.

'Hands' seemingly weak at first, suddenly became the perfect song to bring in the rest of the album. The album is not all it could have been, but it's a grower. Stand out track for me is the title track 'Broken Boy Soldier'. Don't write this album off from just one listen. because 80% of it is good. Shame about the last two tracks really. Like evryone else, however, I expected more.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2006
Oh happy day! The long awaited debut from the Raconteurs is sure not to disappoint. Full of rocked up sixties riffs and occasionally reminiscent of the Beatles circa Sgt Peppers with shiny production and great harmonies, it is far from being the White Stripes four piece it might have been. Jack's freewheeling guitar style and falsetto vocals (occasionally harking back to Broken Bricks and St James Infirmary Blues) compliment to a tee Brendan Benson's warmer sound. They sound like a band having a ball. Come and join the party!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2006
First of all I have to say this is NOT a White Stripes album, yet after reading many reviews it seems that this has escaped many. Comparisons are inevitable, but using that comparison as a basis for rating this album is slightly unfair. For a start, Jack White's contribution is only 50%, and the rest is Brendan Benson, who was bound to bring something new (and a little alien) to the "White Stripes sound".

Taking this album on its own merits (rather than media hype/bias) I would say this is a good album, perhaps not something to rush out and buy immediately but something for when you have a bit of spare cash and interest.

1: Steady As She Goes 4/5

-The single. A good opener, it has the "sing-along" spirit of Hotel Yorba and it's hard not to feel good when listening to it.

2: Hands 4/5

-Slightly reminiscent of The Same Boy You've Always Known, actually. One of those nice little songs about feelings for the opposite sex.

3: Broken Boy Soldiers 4/5

-Quirky, but White uses that raspiness excellently in the vocals. It's a shame that he uses the "boyish" quality too, because as people who have heard The White Stripes live will know, he can have a more mature, stronger approach to the grufness of his voice, and it's a shame it isn't used on some other of these tracks too.

4: Intimate Secretary 4/5

-Nice jolly song that's easy to sing along to.

5: Together 3/5

The first real blip. It's sung mostly by Benson, but that's not the problem, It's just a bit too melancholic (the one thing about Benson is that this is the main thing he has brought to the band) for my liking. Still not bad though.

6: Level 4/5

-I really like this one. It has faint echoes of both Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground and the "green apples" middle bit of Jimmy The Exploder. The guitar solo is good.

7: Store Bought Bones 4/5

-Possibly my favourite track on the album. Kind of funky, very quirky, this is the result of White mucking around on a synthesiserm coupled with the kind of lyrics we've come to expect from him: ones that make no sense on their own, but together as a story make perfect sense.

8: Yellow Sun 3/5

-Good song that's easy to listen to, on the down side is a bit plain.

9: Call It A Day 3/5

-The weakest song here. Just plods in a melancholic way.

10: Blue Veins 3/5

-A good bluesy track let down by the middle bit of White shouting incomprehensibly (is it a tape of him being run backwards I wonder?).

Average: 3.6/5

Album: 4/5

On the whole, nice and solid, but peters out towards the end (alhtough the shortness of the album ameliorates this), and unfortunately lacking in any "big" songs (I'm thinking Dead Leaves or Seven Nation Army). Buy it if you can!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2006
please dont base your decision whether to purchase this CD on my pathetic attempt at a good review. Its a good album! You will struggle to stack it with your CDs that you never listen to anymore. Definately playable again and again.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2006
If I wanted dodgy garage rock, then of course I would buy a White Stripes album. That's what they do well, and to be honest, there are better bands out there making that kind of music, so the criticism that the Raconteurs are not like the Stripes is fairly redundant. Obviously they're not. You can't have songwriting influence from Brendan Benson, who had previously specialised in melancholy, sentimental indie, and expect 'Elephant Part 2'.

However, the notion that this somehow detracts from the quality of the Raconteurs' album is utter rubbish. 'Steady as she goes' is infinitely superior to pretty much anything the White Stripes made after 'De Stijl'. The riff is catchy, the musicianship is excellent and Jack bounces off Brendan better than he ever did with Meg. Elsewhere, 'Hands' reminds you of some of the cheezier 80s-rock bands, 'Broken Boy Soldiers' is an unsettling masterpiece (the guitarwork gives the impression of teetering over the edge) and 'Store Bought Bones' is just raucous.

The fact is, far from being a bad record, this is ace. It's one of the best albums so far this year, and if I'm being brutally frank, Jack would do better sticking with this band for a while and ditching the weird peppermint swirls.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2006
At the end of the listening of this CD you will probably left pleased about it, though the songs you've heard are nothing new to your ears. Here you can find bit of everything like sounds from the past (sounds that reminds of Led Zeppelin) and everything is well mixed. Not disappointing but nothing to get extremely excited....
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