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Rock on Benson and White,
This review is from: Consolers Of The Lonely (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. "The Switch And The Spur" includes trumpets and conjures up a western but full with the psychedelia of a band like The Coral, before the listener is whisked through a set of equally diverse and quality tracks. The album ends on a high with the Dylan-esque Carolina Drama, a wonderful murder mystery story told in the way only Jack White can tell.
This is an inspiring and ambitious release that can be played time and time again. Truly timeless.
I urge you to listen to Brendan Benson's solo albums if you like the more subtle and slower tracks on this album, it will prove this band isn't all about Jack White.
*** Like: White Stripes, Brendan Benson, The Soledad Brothers, The Greenhornes ***