Music » CD Reviews

The Raconteurs

Consolers of the Lonely (Third Man/Warner Bros.)

by

comment
2077989.t.jpg

The White Stripes' color scheme is thematically crucial. Jack and Meg paint their albums in bloody red chunks of guitar and blindingly white splashes of cymbals. None of their records evokes any other color — even though last year's Icky Thump flirted with green on the bagpipe cuts. Within the subtle, gritty shades of their limited palette, the Stripes have folded all kinds of sounds and reconstructed each one to match their single-minded and blunt dynamic.

Jack White is way more colorful when he steps out of his signature duo and plays with the Raconteurs, the side project he co-leads with pal Brendan Benson. Yet the part-time group will never match the nail-biting intensity the Stripes bring to their best albums. So, on their second album, Consolers of the Lonely, the Raconteurs forget about all that and pile on the fun. Who cares where they stole the driving chords that fuel "Salute Your Solution" and "Old Enough" from? These songs rock hard and often. And you can't beat that rainbow-hued palette.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.