Top positive review
Classic heavy Rac
on 28 December 2008
This is an album which just gets better and better the more you listen to it. Although a slow-burner, it is as good as anything that Jack White and Brendan Benson have produced individually and, thanks to the meeting of their musical minds, probably greater. This is an exciting, hard-hitting, heavy-rock album with more than its fair share of classic, classy melodies all performed with urgency, passion and self-belief. Whether it is on songs such the high-octane, powerful up-tempo 'Salute Your Solution' which boast some great guitar and bass riffing and a superb vocal performance or the soulful, piano-led, harmony-rich 'You Don't Understand Me', this group's immense talent, creativity and versatility are on prominent display throughout.
There are so many great songs on 'Consolers Of The Lonely'. My personal picks are the storming 'Five On The Five', the mariachi horn-drenched 'The Switch And The Spur', the swirling pop brilliance of 'Many Shades Of Black' and the psychedelic leanings of 'Rich Kid Blues'. The last track, 'Carolina Drama' a Dylan-esque dark tale of murder, is an absolute stunner - a classic cut of epic proportions with a breathtaking ending. Forget The White Stripes. Forget Brendan Benson solo. This album features all of the best features of both White and Benson with none of the weak fillers or the creative follies. As such, the future belongs to The Raconteurs, who are shaping up to be one of the most important and relevant bands of the 21st Century and this album is their best yet. Sorry Meg, looks like you may be out of a job - still, Ray LaMontagne loves you.