Classic & Current Contemporary Non-Schlock-Rock Metropolitan Music
Broken Boy Soldiers (2006) - The Raconteurs
I first heard about The Raconteurs when reading an NME article on The White Stripes. The reference was there because Jack White sings and plays guitar in this band. Even though I am a big White Stripes fan, what really caught my eye was the name "Raconteurs."
About a year ago I wrote a bio for Jeff Cooper's black and white photography Web site. Not only is Jeff an amazing artist photographer, he is an unreal storyteller. I was trying to find a way to convey this gift but the word "storyteller" just didn't quite fit. So I decided to use the word Raconteur to describe verbal relationship with his photographs. I thought it was an obscure, cool word that would be uniquely Jeff. So a few months later when I saw that there was a band called The Raconteurs it felt like something of a lattice of co-incidence.
The rhythm section came from a band called The Greenhorns - Jack Lawrence, bass and Patrick Keeler, drums. Then there's Brendan Benson, who plays guitar and sings. These guys along with Jack White are a great combination of pop and harmonies. I am sure there are reviews all over the place and I'm not going to write one here.
I couldn't believe as soon as The Reconteurs new album Broken Boy Soldiers came out it was available on eMusic. Now I'm hooked on The Raconteurs. I recently paired The Raconteurs' song "Steady, As She Goes" with "Help" by the Beatles on Jason Jeffries's show on ErrorFM.
Not too long ago I saw a post on Peter Case's blog by a guy who said he hadn't heard the record but he hated it already because of the hype. Somehow, I have missed the hype. Below is a what I posted on the blog, and the then the guy said he'd give them a chance after all. (I'm not attempting to rag on you here, ackles! Did you ever get a chance to hear them?)
Posted By Deaconlight / Posted At 5/30/06 on Peter Case's blog:
The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers Original Album Tracks