After more than a decade away (and by away we mean separately playing constantly in many various other groups), The Raconteurs unite for a third studio album, Help Us Stranger. With Brendan Benson and Jack White at the core, the group’s Nashville recording sessions yielded a rich bounty of rock, drawing on blues, soul, funk and country for a tasty all-American album. Help Us Stranger is released by White’s Third Man Records.
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Oh it’s that bloke what apparently doesn’t have a phone and was in the White Stripes. It’s his other band, the Raconteurs. They’ve released their third studio album and it’s called Help Us Stranger.
This album is pretty much what you expect from the Raconteurs. It’s a ballsy, brash rock ’n’ roll record. There’s nothing new really going on here. I suppose Jack saves his sonic experimentation to his newer solo stuff, but the sound of Help Us Stranger is very much meat and potatoes. In its good parts, this album reminds me of AC/DC’s golden age (Powerage etc) and there are some nice slower moments like ‘Now That You’re Gone’ but in it’s bad parts it just sounds like tired old rock and roll.
9/10 Tom 1st July 2019
This isn't going to redefine a genre or push the boundaries of music, but what it is is a damn fine bluesy rock 'n' roll record. There's little fuss, no wastage, filler or nonsense experimentation and it scoots by in a shade over 40 minutes with each track having its own personality.
There's a real craft here and it comes through in the musicianship - any new band would struggle to pull these types of songs off and probably sound really naff trying but the couple of decades Jack White and Brendan Benson have under theirs belts writing absolute belters comes to the fore here. It's nice to see White not completely dominating proceedings, sure it's his signature sound on most of the howling guitars but Benson brings a nice balance to the vocals and the rhythm section is right out of the top draw - Patrick Keeler putting in an absolute shift here behind the kit.
If you buy one rock album this year, make it this one.
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