Broken Boy Soldiers - The Raconteurs
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  • Summary: 'Soldiers' marks the debut for the new band consisting of the White Stripes' Jack White, fellow Detroit musician Brendan Benson, and members of the Greenhornes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. The songs zing with the excitement of two music nerds caught up in a game of "Top This!" [16 May 2006]
  2. 88
    Just like with White Stripes albums, the music rattles your brain like no other and gets better with age. [#20, p.97]
  3. This is all Broken Boy Soldiers was ever meant to be: an off-the-cuff collaboration between two friends and one which, despite its imperfections, is an effort worthy of applause.
  4. Within its own little garage, the album succeeds completely, but in the big picture, Broken Boy Soldiers never feels especially important.
  5. The moody “Together” reveal[s] what’s possible when White and Benson join forces. If only collaborations in this vein had been given greater consideration, the Raconteurs might have had something truly revelatory beyond a whimsical side project.
  6. Combine the dull wordplay with the uneven tone and Soldiers feels indulgent quickly -- and that's saying something for an album that's just 33 minutes.
  7. If The Raconteurs were any other group (that is, if The Raconteurs didn't have Jack White), the press/Blogosphere would slam it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
  1. EJLEDJ
    May 15, 2006
    10
    Pure Genius. Unquestionablly one of the greatest albums of all time!!!!! Listen now for tommorrow they take over the world. Kick Out The Jams!!!!
  2. bobd
    May 27, 2007
    10
    Great album.
  3. PeteG
    May 16, 2006
    9
    Love it - best thing ive heard all year, jack white is a legend! how the artic monkeys rated higher is rediculous!
  4. lilpepito
    Jul 2, 2006
    9
    it's pretty good. not better then any of the white stripes albums, but still, it's pretty amazing.
  5. TheCritic
    Jun 19, 2006
    8
    I simply agree with Pitchfork's review... just a little better then what is comming out now. Only about 6 out of ten are listenable.
  6. Dec 12, 2010
    7
    Broken Boy Soldiers has so little to offer here. some songs seem kinda bland, but other ones seem really good. This album was like a mix for me. The First track "Steady As She Goes" is a great song. Good way to start off the album. "Hands" and Store Bought Bones are also really good. BUt aside from a couple more, the rest of the album feels kike its missing something. There second album is much better. C+ Expand
  7. megw
    Jul 21, 2006
    1
    ho hum

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