Broken Boy Soldiers
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The Raconteurs are a new band made up of old friends, consisting of Jack Lawrence (bass), Patrick Keeler (drums), Brendan Benson (guitars, vocals, keys) and Jack White (guitars, vocals, keys). The seed was sewn in an attic in the middle of a hot summer when friends Jack White and Brendan Benson got together and wrote a song that truly inspired them. This song was "Steady, As She Goes" and the inspiration led to the creation of a full band with the addition of Lawrence and Keeler. While each of these four individuals have had successful careers with their own bands, the culmination of all of their talents is what truly makes The Raconteurs a force to be reckoned with.
The quartet convened at Benson's East Grand Studio to lay down the basic tracks for Broken Boy Soldiers. Work would continue whenever the boys could get together over the next year. The band is now, for its members, all consuming and they now present themselves to be consumed, or at best simply heard.
From the ready-made, radio-friendly quality built into songs like "Steady, As She Goes", to the explosive tenacity of "Store Bought Bones", all the way down to the "hits the cockles of your heart" lullabies that encompass the full length recording, The Raconteurs are more than capable of conquering any genre challenge or tale that they encounter. After all, a raconteur is, by definition, a deft storyteller. And now a new story is unfolding.
In forming The Raconteurs, four old friends from Detroit have done the unexpected, they've produced an irresistible and emotional album. This is no self indulgent side-project, Jack White is clearly enjoyingliving with the luxury of musical freedom. "You gotta to learn to live / and live and learn" he muses in "Together".
Standing quite apart from the strict minimalism associated with The White Stripes, this debut is contentedly uninhibited. Tracks hop deftly from Brendan Benson's trademark tender melodies on "Hands" to the quirky pop of "Yellow Sun", with stunning results.
The playful rhythms of "Steady As She Goes" lie in pleasing contrast to the empathetic, angry blues of closing track "Blue Veins". These stylistic twists and turns hold your interest throughout.
Broken Boy Soldiers is proof that The Raconteurs have stories worth telling. Are you ready for the next chapter? --Shalinee Singh
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 !
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.
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Bought to replace older formats of the same album in my collection - it was always going to get 5 stars!!Published 9 months ago by The Pantsman